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“It’s scary”: The housing shortage has reached a crisis point in southwest Colorado

DURANGO — Pagosa Springs paramedic Matt Robison was living with two friends in a 1,200-square-foot house until this summer — when his rent would have leapt 60%, to $2,400 a month. Robison hit the road, working wildland fires and living out of his truck.   Sixty miles west, professor Rebecca Clausen has heard from faculty at […]

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Colorado has money to help struggling renters, but some landlords won’t play ball

Federal and state funding has helped thousands of Coloradans pay their monthly rent or mortgage bills during the pandemic, and in turn, helped nearly 3,000 landlords get their own bills paid. But while there’s cash assistance available to both, the program heavily relies on landlords — and if landlords are unwilling to participate, renters are […]

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“COVID is still affecting everything”: Fears still mounting over a forthcoming Colorado eviction surge

Tenants and renters’ rights advocates across Colorado say eviction moratoriums and delays fail to protect large swaths of lower-income families from the crushing financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, as displacement quietly builds in the renting economy. Optimistic tallies of on-time rent payments from the Colorado Apartment Association reflect higher-income renters in higher-end units owned […]

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CDC directs halt to most evictions through 2020 to prevent more coronavirus spread

By Kevin Freking, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has issued a directive halting the eviction of certain renters though the end of 2020 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Federal, state and local governments have approved eviction moratoriums during the course of the pandemic for many renters, but those protections […]

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Denver, facing unprecedented homelessness, moves ahead on family-size affordable housing with 3 new projects

Three new affordable housing projects — including a stack of family-sized units — are on track to start construction in Denver this fall at a time when the city is facing soaring unemployment and a homelessness crisis. The three projects, which stretch from southwest Denver to the far north part of the city, received initial […]