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How emergency declarations in Colorado’s high country housing crisis smooth the path to more homes for locals

A "disaster" resolution over housing in Crested Butte enables the town to bypass codes, buy a hotel, remove limits on downtown camping and curtail short-term rentals. More communities are planning similar declarations as high country housing crisis reaches a crescendo.

Housing

Crested Butte purchases hotel for seasonal workers as it declares housing an emergency

Rooms in the $2.3 million Ruby Bed & Breakfast will be available to six seasonal employees in both the public and private sector.

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

Developers working on affordable housing in Colorado’s mountains offer suggestions for pending wave of funding

High country homebuilders, housing advocates, businesses and leaders are preparing for an unprecedented flow of state and federal housing support as the affordability crisis worsens.

Housing

This senior property tax exemption has saved Colorado’s older homeowners millions. But it also has an equity problem.

As lawmakers continue their efforts to address housing issues, the exemption that’s less available to people of color will get a hard look with an eye toward fairness

Housing

Colorado cities will be able to require developers to build affordable housing in new rental projects

A bill signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis Friday reverses a 20-year-old court precedent, allowing cities and counties to require affordable housing as a part of new rental developments.

Politics and Government

Here are some of the radical ideas to help alleviate Colorado’s high-country housing crisis

In Crested Butte, workers ponder a midsummer strike while Frisco leaders weigh a first-ever emergency declaration as the lack of affordable housing in Colorado communities threatens communities.

Housing

As Colorado’s older homeowners consider moving, a hot housing market often keeps them stuck where they are

Equity in their current homes doesn’t buy what it used to, so some figure the prudent move is to adapt what they have. That makes the market even tighter.

Housing

Modular housing is getting a second look as Colorado confronts a lack of affordable homes

New Fading West home-building factory in Buena Vista can deliver two houses a day and is drawing interest from communities around the state.

Housing

Record-breaking real estate frenzy is changing the culture of Colorado’s mountain towns as locals are priced out

More than $15 billion in property sales in 2020 in seven resort communities marks a 61% increase over 2019. Historic sales volume and sky-high prices are pushing locals out of mountain towns.

Housing

Residents of Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood sue to stop legal homeless site from opening in church parking lot

The legal encampments are meant to be cleaner and more stable environments for those experiencing a lack of shelter.

Housing

In rural towns like Kit Carson, a housing and development conundrum born of rising costs, disrepair — and lots of asbestos

As existing home stock deteriorates, locals struggle to reconcile needed business development with sparse affordable housing. A small town’s future can hang in the balance.

Housing

Extended-stay motels quietly fill the gaps in Gunnison’s chronic housing shortage

Gunnison County is in the midst of a housing crisis, years in the making and intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic fallout.

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

Record lumber prices are adding $35,000 to the sale price of a new home, further crunching Colorado’s housing market

A number of factors have forced lumber prices up, but many of them were around before the pandemic began.

Housing

Students designed a net-zero solar home in one of Colorado’s coldest mountain towns that could help a housing crisis

The challenge started on a lark during the Solar Decathlon hosted in Denver in 2017. University of Colorado students persisted with novice crew -- and through COVID-19 -- to build a sustainable option to the lack of affordable housing in resort communities.

Energy

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 cities can’t force developers to build affordable housing. Democratic lawmakers want to change that.

New state legislation would reverse a 20-year-old court decision and allow cities and counties to require affordable units in new developments.

Housing

Opinion: We can pay for Colorado’s needs if we spend wisely and expand individual freedom on land use

Advancing the liberty and fiscal responsibility that characterize bipartisan, colorful Colorado would make our state work better for all of us.

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