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Housing nonprofit Brothers Redevelopment is proud to announce that its housing helpline, Colorado Housing Connects (1-844-926-6632), has been awarded the Eagle Award from Housing Colorado — a non-partisan membership association dedicated to serving organizations and professionals in the affordable housing industry in Colorado.

The Eagle Award represent one of the highest achievements within the Colorado housing community and celebrates extraordinary accomplishments and outstanding leadership in housing and support services. Award winners are chosen based on a variety of factors including target population, housing stability, challenges a program addresses, services provided to residents of affordable housing, innovative approaches, how a program engages stakeholders, and how a program’s mission and work addresses issues related to diversity, equity and/or inclusion.

Colorado Housing Connects is the sole statewide housing helpline service that is operated in partnership with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. The helpline assists Coloradans navigate through non-emergency housing services and resources. Colorado Housing Connects provides information about a variety of housing services and topics of interest to renters, homeowners, landlords, first-time homebuyers, older adults, people with disabilities, and anyone with fair housing concerns.

In 2021, Colorado Housing Connects received 35,246 inquiries from 59 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

“When COVID hit, our Colorado Housing Connects helpline felt the impact immediately. Our phones started ringing with renters and homeowners cast into economic hardship overnight as their employment situation, family demands and wellbeing shifted dramatically,” said Colorado Housing Connects Program Director Patrick Noonan. “Since then, our team has worked tirelessly to step up for Coloradans with their back against the wall. They’ve helped our clients navigate incredible crises and done so with patience, compassion and resolve.”

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Colorado Housing Connects’ “housing navigators” work to prevent evictions by connecting renters to resources that are local to them like financial assistance, legal assistance for Coloradans facing eviction, tenant-landlord mediation services, and more. Throughout the pandemic, Colorado Housing Connects has hosted eviction prevention webinars in partnership with Colorado Legal Services — a nonprofit organization that provides free legal services to low-income Coloradans. The webinars cover information about the eviction process in Colorado, practices for avoiding eviction and resources that help with eviction.

Colorado Housing Connects also offers foreclosure prevention services by connecting homeowners to government certified housing counselors that help Coloradans access legal referrals, financial assistance, housing counseling services, and other resources.

As a HUD-approved housing counseling agency, Colorado Housing Connects offers homebuyer and post-purchasing counseling, free workshops like its homebuyer education courses, education on renter rights and responsibilities, and more. Last year, Colorado Housing Connects provided housing counseling services to 2,065 Coloradans.

In 2020, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs selected Colorado Housing Connects as its partner to lead and launch the Housing Counseling Assistance Program.

The program is funded by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and involves Colorado Housing Connects collaborating with more than 12 housing counseling and legal service agencies across Colorado to offer comprehensive housing counseling, navigation and eviction/foreclosure prevention services and other resources that help Coloradans remain housed. In May, Colorado’s Housing Board approved additional funding in Housing Development Grant funds to continue to fund the Housing Counseling Assistance Program through the end of 2022.

Colorado Housing Connects works to reach underserved communities facing housing instability through its intentional marketing, outreach and service delivery model. Bilingual staff and interpretation services help ensure Coloradans have access to navigation, counseling and workshops — regardless of English language proficiency.

“The Eagle Award is a great honor and a testament to the hard work of our housing navigators and counselors. We also owe many thanks to all of our partners who’ve supported this effort along the way,” said Noonan.


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As the cost of housing continues to rise throughout Colorado, Colorado Housing Connects (1-844-926-6632) is seeing an influx of inquiries regarding affordable housing.

Since October, more than 3,000 Coloradans have submitted a web inquiry to the housing helpline looking for affordable housing services. Colorado Housing Connects works to help Coloradans find affordable housing by informing residents about their options, connecting people to resources and by regularly hosting affordable housing workshops in Adams County.

Affordable housing is the second biggest concern for people reaching out to Colorado Housing Connects for housing help, trailing only inquiries from Coloradans facing eviction.

Reason for contacting Colorado Housing Connects about affordable housingTotal number
I am staying with someone else, and I need a new place to live.909
I'm currently homeless. 787
My landlord is selling or is not renewing my lease. 357
My rent is too high and I need something cheaper. 607
Other362
Grand Total (since Oct. 2021)3,022

According to the Colorado Association of Realtors, monthly housing costs on one-bedroom apartments, condos/townhomes and single-family homes have nearly doubled in the Denver metro area since 2015. The average cost of an apartment in Denver is $1,879 per month while monthly payments for a condo or townhome cost around $2,470. The average cost for a single-family home is $4,003 a month.

Brothers Redevelopment, the nonprofit that operates Colorado Housing Connects, owns/operates 19 affordable living communities throughout the state.

To learn more about Colorado Housing Connects’ free Adams County Affordable Housing Workshops, visit https://coloradohousingconnects.org/upcoming-events/.

“We’ve known for some time that affordable housing in Colorado is hard to find and even harder to obtain. What people sometimes overlook are the tips to navigate the resources that are out there and the outside of the box solutions available to them,” said Colorado Housing Connects Program Director Patrick Noonan. “If you feel squeezed by the rent or worry about maintaining your housing in the long run, it is critical that you reach out sooner rather than later to develop a short term and long-term housing plan.”

 


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For the past 30 plus years, Golden resident Donna Mullins has focused her life on preserving and supporting affordable housing for aging adults.

After working in corporate retail design, Mullins realized she wanted her work to feel more meaningful. So, she got involved in the design and development for all forms of housing for older adults and became immersed in Colorado’s aging adult services field. Through networking, she learned of former Brothers Redevelopment President Mary Ann Shing and became intrigued by the fact that the organization had a woman president.

Years would go by, and Mullins’ path would cross with Brothers again around 2010 through Jefferson County’s Aging Well Project — a plan aimed at developing and implementing strategies to create inclusive, livable communities through sustainable partnerships and integrated services. While she oversaw the Housing Workgroup, Brothers staff joined the team and presented its Home Modification and Repair Program to Mullins and the rest of those involved with the Aging Well Project.

“That’s the beginning of me getting to know (Brothers). I hung around and went to some of their events, and I just loved all the things Brothers does,” said Mullins. “They’ve grown so much.”

Mullins is one of dozens of Coloradans who helps to preserve Brothers mission of protecting and preserving affordable housing thanks to the generosity of her and her family. Since 2010, the Mullins family has regularly donated to Brothers. They even have the nonprofit organization listed in their will.

“I’ve just become very interested in helping older adults who don’t have as much money as some who might live in high-end senior housing. I have interest in helping people who need help, and I believe the home environment can make a huge difference in someone’s quality of life,” said Mullins. “I really respect (Brothers) and when it came time for us to think of philanthropy, we determined Brothers was a good place to send some money.”

The Mullins family recently donated $10,000 to Brothers, and the organization suggested that it be used for a mural at Valor on the Fax — an upcoming community Brothers is developing that will house residents with acquired brain injuries. Mullins said she loved the idea.

She applauded the growth Brothers has seen in recent years. In particular, Mullins pointed to the importance of Colorado Housing Connects (1-844-926-6632), because she said many people don’t know where to turn to for housing resources. In 2021, more than 35,000 Coloradans submitted an inquiry to Colorado Housing Connects as evictions rose throughout the year.

Mullins said she would encourage residents to donate to Brothers because it serves all generations of Coloradans, and she feels that the organization has its heart in the right place.

“(Brothers is) mission driven, and they do their work well,” said Mullins.

Coloradans interested in donating to Brothers can do so by visiting https://secure.givelively.org/donate/brothers-redevelopment-inc.

“It’s nice to be affiliated with an organization that does good things for people. There are just so many services that are focused on helping people,” Mullins said. “And it feels like to me that Brothers does it successfully, and they’re just wonderful people. Their enthusiasm — it’s just fun to be part of it.”

 


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For the past six years, Dan Burleson has played an important role in ensuring that Brothers Redevelopment’s Home Modification and Repair Program ran smoothly in Colorado Springs.

Burleson spent around 16 years as the manager for Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Colorado Springs — a company that specializes in services like plumbing repairs, sewer line repair and replacements, water heater installation, repair, and replacements, and more. During his career, Burleson oversaw numerous Home Modification and Repair Program projects in Colorado Springs. Brothers utilizes contractors like Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Colorado Springs to complete projects for the program.

Various program clients have noted that Burleson and Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Colorado Springs provided exceptional customer service throughout the years.

“To live those moments when you’re helping someone, to have someone give you a hug and just the gratification of helping someone — it was pretty cool,” said Burleson. “I enjoyed every second of it. It’s a good feeling.”

Burleson formally retired from Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Colorado Springs at the beginning of March. Brothers staff recently joined Burleson and the rest of Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Colorado Springs to celebrate his retirement. At the celebration, Brothers presented Burleson with the first Home Rehabilitation Hero Award in recognition and appreciation for his years of advocacy and service in creating more safe, accessible and sustainable communities as a trusted resource for home repair and rehabilitation.

“(The award) blew me away. I did not anticipate that whatsoever,” said Burleson. “It was quite the surprise.”

Home Modification and Repair Program Director Jason McCullough said Burleson has been a kind, effective and constant advocate for residents in Colorado Springs and El Paso County throughout his tenure.

“His ability to identify those in need and work with various support organizations like Brothers Redevelopment to initiate and execute assistance is as uncommon as it is welcome. He has been a true partner for us in addressing and successfully providing impactful residential rehabilitation services over his tenure,” said McCullough. “The award we presented to him recognizes his dedication and advocacy in the communities he served.  He will be missed.”


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Colorado’s sole statewide housing helpline — Colorado Housing Connects (1-844-926-6632) — reported its highest number of inquiries during the week of March 7 in more than a year.

During the week of March 7, Colorado Housing Connects received 1,159 calls and web-based inquires. The 1,159 inquires is the most Colorado Housing Connects has reported since Feb. 5, 2021, when it received 1,179 inquires over a one-week span.

Colorado Housing Connects specializes in preventing evictions by connecting Coloradans to local rental assistance resources, wherever they live, thereby encouraging long-term sustainable solutions. Among the resources the housing helpline can connect renters to include legal assistance, financial assistance and more.

Eviction filings have been on the rise since May 2021. In February, 3,175 eviction cases were filed throughout Colorado, according to data from the state and the City of Denver.

“It’s chilling to think that our call volume has been surging. In many ways, it feels like we’ve been turning a corner on the pandemic — but the families we hear from and the number of people experiencing an eviction filing each month suggest otherwise,” said Colorado Housing Connects Program Director Patrick Noonan. “The concerning part of this trend is that there are still millions of dollars out there to keep families housed and to make landlords whole. We need to work together to tamp down the threat of increasing housing instability and homelessness.”

Brothers Redevelopment, the housing nonprofit organization that operates Colorado Housing Connects, administers funds for a variety of rental assistance programs including Denver’s Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance Program, and the statewide Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

Renters facing eviction are encouraged to contact Colorado Housing Connects, pay as much as they can toward their rent, proactively communicate with their landlord and apply for rental assistance.

Inquires can be submitted to the housing helpline by visiting coloradohousingconnects.org or by calling 1-844-926-6632.


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Brothers Redevelopment and the City of Aurora are encouraging Aurora residents to apply for the City’s Minor Home Repair Program.

In partnership with the City of Aurora, Brothers provides much needed home repairs, accessibility modifications, deferred maintenance renovation, and general home rehabilitation services for income qualified Aurora homeowners through the program.

The Minor Home Repair Program allows Aurora homeowners to receive up to $15,000 for impactful home rehabilitation services.

Among the services the program offers includes the following:

  • Roll-in shower conversion
  • Wheelchair ramp construction
  • Exterior rail repair, and installation
  • Exterior plumbing and minor electrical repairs
  • Repair or installation of furnaces
  • Repair or installation of hot water heaters
  • Plumbing repairs for items like sinks, faucets, valves, drains, and toilets

In January, Aurora City Council approved $160,000 in community development block grant funds for Brothers to administer the Minor Home Repair Program to Aurora residents. The nonprofit coordinates a wide variety of repairs and modifications through its Home Modification and Repair Program — a service that helps low-income homeowners with disabilities or physical limitations avoid injury and enjoy increased mobility in their homes.

“This program allows us to take stress and anxiety away from Aurora homeowners in crisis and enhance their homes. Our goal is for our clients to stay in their homes for as long as they can,” said Brothers Home Modification and Repair Program Director Jason McCullough. “Every Aurora resident deserves a secure place to live, and we look forward to making Aurora homes more livable, safe and comfortable.”

To qualify, applicant’s total annual gross household income cannot exceed 80% of the Area Median Income as defined by HUD’s low/moderate income guidelines. For example, a household size of two people in Aurora qualifies for the program if the household’s maximum gross income is $63,950. Residents can determine their financial eligibility by visiting https://www.auroragov.org/residents/community_development/housing_rehabilitation_programs.

Qualifying applicants must also:

  • Own the property
  • Occupy the property as their primary residence
  • Home must be within the Aurora city limits
  • Be current on all debt secured against the property
  • Have no liens or judgements
  • Have a current homeowners insurance policy
  • Have a current mortgage payment history for the past 12 months
  • Have a property that is in need of essential home repairs

Last year, Brothers served seven households in Aurora through the Minor Home Repair Program. In total, Brothers completed 303 projects worth $1.6 million throughout the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs last year through the Home Modification and Repair Program.

Brothers is no stranger to the City of Aurora, as the organization works with the City to address other housing challenges. In 2019, Brothers saw unprecedented investment and cooperation from the city to open the Paris Family Apartments — a 39-unit affordable housing community for families located at 1702 Paris St.  The agency also manages other affordable housing communities in the state’s third largest city, offering a total of 129 apartments to income qualified Aurorans.

Brothers is also encouraging eligible Aurora homeowners to apply for its Paint-A-Thon Program — a resource that utilities volunteers to paint the exterior of homes for low-income aging adults and disabled residents.

Aurora residents interested in the Minor Home Repair Program can learn more information and apply for it by emailing HMR@brothersredevelopment.org or by calling 303-685-4225. Those interested in applying for the Paint-A-Thon Program can do so by emailing chad@brothersredevelopment.org or by calling 720-339-5864.


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As Colorado’s weather turned bone-chilling cold, Dean Reedy’s life at his Colorado Springs trailer took a turn for the worse.

In February, Reedy noticed his water pressure was low and found one of his pipes under his home cracked. Because he’s on a fixed income, he could not afford to get his pipes fixed — and he was left without running water for nearly a week.

To make matters worse, Reedy suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and describes himself as a compulsive handwasher. But without running water, he was forced to wash his hands and shower with bottled water that he purchased using food stamps.

“I basically took birdbaths,” said Reedy. “It was rough, it was tough. But I got by.”

Seeking help, Reedy dialed 211 — a hotline that connects residents to resources — and learned of Brothers Redevelopment’s Home Modification and Repair Program. And after getting in touch with Brothers Redevelopment staff, he received the repairs his home desperately needed and more.

The Home Modification and Repair Program fixed Reedy’s plumbing, installed new shower and kitchen faucets and replaced his water heater — all at no charge to him.

“I was in tears with happiness and gratefulness. I can’t express words of how grateful I am for everyone who helped me out,” Reedy said.

In 2021, the Home Modification and Repair Program completed 157 projects in Colorado Springs. Brothers Redevelopment’s Paint-A-Thon Program is also active in the city, as the service painted 12 houses for low-income and disabled senior homeowners in Colorado Springs last year.


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Housing nonprofit Brothers Redevelopment is now accepting applications for its 44th annual Paint-A-Thon season.

The free program utilizes volunteers to paint the exterior of homes for low-income seniors and disabled residents. Homeowners who live in Colorado Springs and in the Denver metro area are encouraged to apply — especially those who live in Commerce City, Arapahoe County and Lakewood.

Residents who are interested in applying for the program must be 60 years or older and/or have a disability, must own and reside in the Denver metro area or Colorado Springs and plan to live in their home for at least two years. To apply, call 720-339-5864 or email chad@brothersredevelopment.org.

“The stress of deferred home maintenance is real for everyone — especially our clients who are often home more than most. Having their home painted often means they can shed a huge burden that they had been carrying for years and feel pride about their home instead of shame,” said Brothers Redevelopment Volunteer Department Director Chad Nibbelink. “It can even mean having the confidence to meet new neighbors on the block and reengaging the community.”

Painting the exterior of a home can cost up to $5,000 — but the Paint-A-Thon Program offers income-eligible homeowners the chance to save big and devote their savings to other important costs like medication or groceries.

Throughout the Paint-A-Thon’s 43-year history, Brothers Redevelopment has painted 7,635 homes. In 2021, the program completed 95 projects and saved homeowners $466,650.

“Paint-A-Thon clients want to take care of the outside of their home, but physical and financial constraints limit them from getting the work done. On average, it would cost our clients 25% of their yearly income to have their home painted,” said Nibbelink. “As a result, our aging neighbors are forced to watch their homes deteriorate or put themselves in great financial risk to get the home painted. With each home we paint, an aging adult household is better able to age well in their home.”


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As the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to rage throughout the country — affecting some resident’s livelihoods — Coloradans in crisis are once again turning to nonprofit Brothers Redevelopment’s housing helpline, Colorado Housing Connects (1-844-926-6632), for support.

During the week of Jan. 10, Colorado Housing Connects reported 998 calls and website inquires. That is the highest number of inquiries the housing helpline has reported since August 2021 when the federal eviction moratorium was lifted.

State data shows that landlords filed 2,634 eviction cases in December. Colorado Housing Connects Program Director Patrick Noonan said it feels like the eviction landscape for renters is entering a new phase.

“Over the last few months, COVID-19 transmission rates have spiked while the eviction moratorium and some safety net programs ended. Hearing from more renters facing the prospect of eviction, it is crucial to reach out for help immediately so tenants keep a roof over their head, especially given the threat of Omicron and cold winter months,” said Noonan.

Colorado Housing Connects has proven to be a reliable resource throughout the pandemic as more than 74,000 inquiries have been submitted to the housing helpline since March 2020. The housing helpline assists landlords, renters and homeowners by connecting residents to local resources like rental/mortgage assistance, legal assistance, HUD-approved housing counselors and more.

Residents who are behind on rent are encouraged to contact Colorado Housing Connects, apply for rental assistance, pay as much as they can toward their rent and to communicate with their landlord.

Denver County residents seeking rental assistance through the City of Denver’s Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance Program should call Colorado Housing Connects to speak to a housing navigator to determine their eligibility and start the process. Those who live outside of Denver County can apply for the Colorado Emergency Rental Assistance Program at https://cdola.colorado.gov/rental-mortgage-assistance.


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In 2021 — a year in which Brothers Redevelopment turned 50 years old — we went above and beyond to compassionately address Colorado’s housing needs.

Brothers Redevelopment saw its programs impact hundreds of low-income and disabled seniors, provided millions of dollars in rental/mortgage assistance, answered Colorado’s most pressing housing questions and connected Coloradans to local housing resources — all while building and developing affordable housing for at risk residents.

Take a trip down memory lane and relive some of our best stories from 2021.

Paint-A-Thon transforms 90-plus houses 

Brothers Redevelopment’s signature Paint-A-Thon Program roared back in 2021 by completing 95 projects across the metro area and in Colorado Springs.

The Paint-A-Thon saves elderly and disabled residents up to $5,000 per household — money that can be used for important costs like medication and bills.

It’s always amazing to see how Paint-A-Thon volunteers transform houses that are in need of a makeover. It’s even more amazing to see a client’s reaction when they see their updated house for the first time.

Over the summer, 93-year-old Barbara Rodriguez’s reaction to seeing her freshly painted house was caught on camera. Read her story and check out the video here.

Home Modification and Repair Program proves to be handy 

It’s no secret that cost of housing can leave residents with the possibility of having to leave their home. But often times, we hear from some disabled clients that they’re faced with having to move if they can’t conduct crucial home repairs and modifications. That’s where our Home Modification and Repair Program comes in.

Brothers Redevelopment’s Home Modification and Repair Program served more than 460 households in the metro area and in Colorado Springs this year. The program also received support from local governments like the City of Westminster who provided additional funding for it back in July.

In 2021, the program impacted people like Commerce City resident Arthur Saiz — a United States Army Veteran who received services from Brothers Redevelopment. Read about it here.

Brothers Redevelopment helps hundreds of households with rent 

This year, Brothers Redevelopment administered funds for a variety of rental and mortgage assistance services — including the state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

Through the program, Brothers Redevelopment assisted 281 households across the state with finances for rent. This year, the City of Denver also continued to trust in us by electing to award Brothers Redevelopment an additional $3 million to distribute through the city’s Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance Program.

Check out what one of our clients had to say about the impact rental assistance had on her.

Coloradans turn to Colorado Housing Connects as federal eviction moratorium ends 

In August, the Supreme Court rejected the Biden administration’s moratorium on evictions, leaving thousands of Coloradans vulnerable to the possibility of losing their home. Thankfully, residents in all parts of Colorado could turn to Colorado Housing Connects (1-844-926-6632) for help.

Shortly after the end of the federal eviction moratorium, Colorado Housing Connects saw a 55% increase in inquiries. Residents like Jessica Hopf avoided eviction, thanks to the work of the housing helpline’s housing navigators. Without Colorado Housing Connects, Hopf said she would’ve lost her home.

NextFifty Initiative entrusts in Brothers Redevelopment to serve Spanish speaking seniors 

At the beginning of the year, Brothers Redevelopment added bilingual staff to our Aging in Place senior services program, ensuring that more Spanish-speaking seniors across the state could get access to crucial resources like Social Security, food assistance, health care, transportation and other federal and state benefits.

The program proved to be successful by serving 269 Spanish speaking seniors in 2021, resulting in $450,563.51 in cost savings for our clients. NextFifty Initiative awarded the program a grant toward the end of this year, lending to Brothers Redevelopment’s ability to help Spanish-speaking seniors get connected to resources that can help them avoid challenges that arise with aging. Read more here.

Housing, housing…. and more housing 

Brothers Redevelopment continued to fulfill its mission of developing and preserving sustainable affordable housing in 2021.

In May, Brothers Redevelopment, on behalf of the Globeville Elyria-Swansea Affordable Housing Collaborative, worked with local developer Adam Berger to set a modular duplex at 4401 Milwaukee St. The homes were designed for Globeville and Elyria-Swansea families who are facing displacement and placed into the GES Tierra Colectiva — a community owned land trust that will preserve affordability for generations to come. Brothers Redevelopment also recently broke ground on a five-unit affordable housing community at 4401 Josephine St. Those homes will also be sold to Globeville and Elyria-Swansea families who are facing displacement and will be placed into the land trust.

Finally, Brothers Redevelopment and community members gathered in the fall to celebrate the groundbreaking of Valor on the Fax — a new affordable living community that will assist individuals who face housing insecurity due to an acquired brain injury or related disability.

For Valor on the Fax, Brothers Redevelopment is teaming up with the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado who will offer support, counseling and resources to tenants at the community. Our staff will also be on site to provide our housing services to the community’s residents. Valor on the Fax will be located at 7900 E. Colfax and is expected to be completed sometime in 2022. Read this news article about Valor on the Fax.

 

 

 

 


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