DOH Updates
Governor Polis appoints short-term Special Evictions Task Force
On August 26, 2020, Governor Jared Polis issued Executive Order B2020 006 to establish a temporary task force with the Department of Local Affairs that examines housing instability and works to prevent evictions due to COVID-19 hardship. The goal is to develop concrete, actionable recommendations to ensure Coloradans remain stably housed in the coming months. Members will report directly to the Governor and the Executive Director of the Department of Local Affairs, and their recommendations will be due within 30 days of their first meeting. 

The task force will consist of 10 individuals from diverse backgrounds spanning housing, development, advocacy, banking, and local government: 
  • Chris Romer of Denver, Colorado
  • Skippy Leigh Upton Mesirow of Aspen, Colorado
  • Andrew Feinstein of Denver, Colorado
  • Rachel Friend of Boulder, Colorado
  • Ty L. Coleman of Alamosa, Colorado
  • Jennifer Kermode of Gunnison, Colorado
  • Jennifer Linda Rodgers of Denver, Colorado
  • Beatriz Gonzalez of Broomfield, Colorado
  • Paul Newell of Greenwood Village, Colorado
  • Leanne Denise Wheeler of Aurora, Colorado
These members will collaborate closely with the Department of Local Affairs’ Division of Housing, the Strategic Housing Working Group (detailed below), and the Governor’s office, and will focus on addressing landlord and tenant relations, improving methods for connecting Coloradans to key services, alleviating financial hardships facing Coloradans due to COVID-19, while boosting capacity of existing housing resources and organizations.
The economic impacts of COVID-19 have been severe and have spared few. Coloradans were forced to take drastic action back in March to reduce the spread of the virus, which included a statewide shutdown and widespread business closures. Had we not acted, tens of thousands more Coloradans would have lost their lives. It was the right decision. 
Unfortunately, that necessary action to save lives came with economic consequences that have destabilized many Coloradans’ financial livelihoods. 
The process of getting Coloradans back to work and stably housed is gradual and must take evolving public health conditions into account. Many Coloradans continue to experience substantial loss of income and wages as a result of business closures and layoffs, and this hinders their ability to keep up with rent payments and other bills. And at a time where the home is the safest place to be, providing housing for all must be prioritized. 
It’s important to note that this task force represents only one part of the ongoing discussion. In February, the Division of Housing announced the formation of the Strategic Housing Working Group that will advise on Colorado’s affordable housing needs and will bring forth a comprehensive response to our long-term housing crisis.
Read Executive Order B 2020 006
Strategic Housing Working Group Appointed
The Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) is excited to announce the appointment of the Strategic Housing Working Group (SHWG) by DOLA Executive Director Rick Garcia: 
  • Ty Coleman, Mayor of Alamosa and Director of Corporate Relations and Lending Solutions Colorado Rural Housing Development Corporation (CRHDC)
  • Kelly McNicholas Kury, County Commissioner, Pitkin County
  • Beth Roalstad, Executive Director, Homeward Pikes Peak
  • Brendalee Connors, Development Director, Metro West Housing Solutions 
  • Angela Hutton Hall, Managing Broker City Park Realty and Attorney at Law
  • Jennifer Kermode, Executive Director, Gunnison Valley Regional Housing Authority
  • Beatriz Gonzalez, Vice President, Community Lending and Diverse Markets Business Development Officer, Bank of the West
  • Anaya Robinson, Associate Director, Atlantis Community
  • Jennie Rodgers, Vice President, Denver Market, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Steven Cordova, Executive Director, Total Concept
  • Doug Snyder, Senior Development Director, Volunteers of America
In response to the 2019 statewide stakeholder engagement process DOLA’s Division of Housing (DOH) held with Housing Colorado and the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA), DOH formed the Strategic Housing Working Group to advance and meet Colorado’s diverse affordable housing needs. The Strategic Housing Working Group will begin meeting in fall 2020 to help create and advise on strategies that elevate, act on, and maintain momentum for the creation and preservation of statewide affordable housing. 

A special thank you to our partners for participating in the SHWG selection committee and supporting and informing the work of the SHWG: Housing Colorado, CHFA, the Colorado State Housing Board and DOLA’s Division of Local Government (DLG).
Strategic Housing Working Group Announcement
Expanded Housing Counseling & Navigation
On September 1, 2020, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Division of Housing (DOH) and Brothers Redevelopment, Inc are launching the Housing Counseling and Assistance Program (HCAP).

An expansion of the existing Colorado Housing Connects program, HCAP will provide Colorado residents with access to free housing counselors, navigators, and eviction prevention legal services.

These resources will be available through or calling the hotline @ 844-926-6632.
Housing Counseling and Assistance Program (HCAP)
The Division of Housing Is Hiring!

Housing Development Manager  - closing date 9/16/2020 11:59 P.M. Mountain 

This position exists to develop new funding programs and policies to meet Coloradans’ affordable housing needs and implement funding programs to ensure services and housing reach the intended recipients throughout Colorado. More information available here

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