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Zornio: Colorado renters need better protections and more enforcement

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs has taken a blunt approach to defining its role in assisting renters with landlord troubles: On a mostly empty webpage, five words direct you to a non-government phone number with subsequent bold text that reads, “The Colorado Division of Housing does not enforce any housing codes nor mediate landlord/tenant […]

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What’s Working: As recession concerns grow, Colorado building permits are on the rise

Inflation is still a hot topic but this week, we took a peek at what’s on the way in terms of new housing. And the easiest way to see the future? Residential building permits. This is Week 3 of a special version of What’s Working Housing. There are still some inflation updates below, plus a […]

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Opinion: Renters deserve a place in Colorado’s affordable-housing strategy

The Colorado General Assembly is considering a slate of bills based on the recommendations of the state’s Affordable Housing Transformational Task Force that would collectively direct just over $400 million in federal and state resources to addressing Colorado’s affordable housing crisis. Many policymakers and advocates have focused on directing these funds to build new, affordable […]

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Colorado’s pandemic housing-assistance program now open to non-pandemic applicants

State and local resources have provided housing aid to many victims of the devastating Marshall fire in Boulder County. But another barely touched pot of money comes from an unlikely source: federal COVID relief funds. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which pays up to 15 months of rent for those experiencing pandemic income loss, has […]

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Boulder County housing prices are still climbing 6 weeks after Marshall fire

Sandra Thomas-Comenole can’t rest yet.  Seven weeks after her family lost their home to the Marshall fire, she, her husband and three of their children are in their third house since the fire tore through neighborhoods in Superior, Louisville and unincorporated Boulder County. As the weeks tick by since the fire, Thomas-Comenole and her family […]