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Demand for pandemic rental assistance in Colorado jumped 33% in November

Housing officials credit public awareness for renters and landlords who may qualify for 15 months of rent help; a separate mortgage program made four payments in its first month.

Housing

Armed guards helped evict residents from an East Colfax motel in violation of tenant laws, suit claims

The VareCo notified tenants of the 95-unit Summit View Inn they had to leave, but pushed them out before they had their day in court. Now some are homeless.

Housing

Colorado’s COVID rent-assistance program may have paid up to $4.4 million in error, audit finds

The popular state renter relief program paid landlords rent for tenants. But state auditors found that errors led to overpayments and less oversight as tenants weren’t notified that their rent had been paid.

Housing

A Colorado clinic’s prescription for healthier patients? Lawyers.

Every day in Commerce City, four lawyers join the physicians, psychiatrists and social workers at Salud Family Health Centers’ clinic, where mending legal ills is as important for health as diet and exercise.

Health

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

U.S. Supreme Court allows evictions to resume during pandemic

The court's conservative majority blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a temporary ban that was put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Economy

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

U.S. preparing new 60-day eviction ban due to COVID spread

The new 60-day eviction moratorium would protect areas heavily impacted by the coronavirus, where about 90% of the U.S. population lives

Housing

Colorado governor extends some eviction protections to residents still waiting for rent assistance

The national eviction moratorium ends Saturday as thousands of Coloradans wait for promised monthly rent help

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

What you need to know in Colorado as the federal freeze on evictions ends

The CDC's federal moratorium on most evictions expires July 31

Housing

As the cost of Colorado housing increases, so does homelessness

About 51% of renter households are "cost burdened" in Colorado, which has some of the highest housing costs of landlocked states, comparable to urbanized coastal regions.

Housing

Struggling renters get one more month — likely the last — to postpone monthly rent payment

The national eviction moratorium was set to end on Wednesday. But even as Colorado’s rent-assistance program pays rent for the unemployed, the program has thousands still waiting.

Housing

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

How a court ruling undoing the CDC’s eviction ban affects Coloradans waiting for rental assistance, recovery

The latest ruling that the CDC overstepped with a national eviction moratorium echoes similar legal decisions, but tenant advocates say the bans are still needed as renters wait for financial relief.

Housing

Opinion: Colorado leaders must enact lasting reform to prevent evictions and promote an equitable recovery

Our housing affordability crisis long preceded COVID-19 but has been illuminated and exacerbated by the pandemic.

Opinion Columns

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
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