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Colorado Department of Local Affairs

Colorado Department of Local Affairs
Colorado Department of Local Affairs

Residents of a Steamboat Springs mobile home park that went without power for 60 days still await answers

The electricity was out at Sleepy Bear Mobile Home Park from mid-June to mid-August and a state investigation is ongoing.

Equity

Colorado’s COVID rent-assistance program is now paying out five times more following changes

Local governments were faster at distributing federal dollars than the state. With the national eviction moratorium over, federal and state improvements have sped up rent payments.

Housing

Colorado has paid out just 7.4% of its federal rent-assistance funds

The Department of Local Affairs, which oversees the rental housing assistance program, switched vendors to speed up pandemic payments.

Housing

Broomfield house for aged-out foster kids is a model for solving Colorado’s youth homelessness crisis

Anchor House, a church and community project in Broomfield, has eight studio apartments for young people who have emancipated from the foster care system without families

Housing

Ethics complaints from mountain counties spur probe of state Division of Property Taxation

Eagle, La Plata and San Miguel counties are asking for an audit or investigation into a cozy relationship between a state tax official and a lawyer representing hotels in litigation with the counties

Business

In the shadow of a ski resort, Steamboat Springs mobile home residents have been without power for 50 days

Residents of the Sleepy Bear Mobile Home Park lost power in mid-June after an electrical fire. The park is now the subject of a state investigation.

Housing

Colorado’s COVID-19 rent assistance program sees delays, fraud as eviction moratorium is set to end Saturday

Some tenants and landlords were approved for COVID-19 rental relief months ago but have still not received a payment.

Economy

Thousands of Coloradans struggling to pay rent asked the state for help. $6.5 million later, phones are still ringing.

Nine months into the pandemic, Colorado’s housing assistance office spent $1 million to hire an out-of-state contractor to process applications for rent and mortgage help. The cost has grown as HORNE added 100 workers, of which slightly more than half live outside of Colorado.

Housing

Colorado renters and landlords are in a race with the eviction ban. Should the state intervene?

At least 80,000 Colorado renters are estimated to be behind on their rent, according to recent U.S. Census survey data. And the CDC ban on evictions is set to expire on June 30, if President Joe Biden does not extend it.

Housing

Housing in Boulder County — and across Colorado — is expensive. But affordable homes are more than a fantasy.

Even with myriad solutions on the table, and many people eager and able to make change, closing the affordability gap is proving to be a monumental task

Housing

Colorado faces a 20,000-applicant backlog in requests for rent help as federal eviction ban is extended

The national eviction ban was extended to June 30, and that could calm some worries of Coloradans who have been waiting months for state rental assistance.

Economy

Colorado’s mortgage relief program will pause after funds are used up

The state has started a separate rent-assistance program to utilize new federal relief, which provided no assistance for homeowners.

Economy

Colorado sees record $55 million in rent assistance requests in past month — more than all of 2020

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs is working through a months-long backlog of rent requests to provide payment to tenants and landlords

Economy

A national eviction ban will help Colorado renters stay housed until March 31, but there are asterisks

State’s rental assistance programs receive $247 million in federal aid. Tenants can now apply for three months of future rent, which has property owners saying there’s no need for moratoriums.

Housing

As 2020 winds down, renter programs get more money as Colorado’s state eviction moratorium is set to end

Funds to help people struggling with rent and mortgages payments are replenished as landlord applications for aid quadruples. Meanwhile, the federal eviction ban was extended to Jan. 31 as part of the new federal relief bill

Business

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

“Some landlords are not willing to do this, and if they’re not willing to do it, we can’t help them, that client, which is heartbreaking,” said Kristen Baluyot, with The Salvation Army.

Business

Six months after eviction, a Denver woman wonders if she’ll ever have stable housing again

With winter approaching and COVID-19 cases on the rise, renters in arrears and housing advocates are all grateful for the eviction moratoriums, but say it’s far from enough.

Coronavirus

Spurred by the threat of wildfires, an Estes Park broadband project moved at the speed of light

More than a dozen agencies, organizations and even competitors came together one weekend to make sure the internet would not go out as the Cameron Peak fire inched closer

Technology

Durango’s ridiculed Bridge to Nowhere suddenly has clear road ahead

After a decade of delays and legal fights, the largest project in the history of that region of southwest Colorado will ease traffic and safety problems

Transportation

Internet service in western Colorado was so terrible that towns and counties built their own telecom

The new 481-mile rural Project Thor network is complete -- and run by a regional government council. It’s the opposite of what a state law intended 15 years ago

Technology
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