In response to an unprecedented amount of inquiries, Colorado Housing Connects (1-844-926-6632) is taking even further action to address the region’s affordable housing crisis.
Adding to its array of classes that are aimed at helping Coloradans have a safe, decent place to live, Colorado Housing Connects launched a series of affordable housing webinars for residents in Denver, Pueblo, Adams County, El Paso County, and Weld County. The webinars are led by Colorado Housing Connects’ expert housing navigators and detail tips and tricks for navigating affordable housing.
Throughout the year, Colorado Housing Connects has set weekly records for online and telephone inquiries. In March, the housing helpline averaged more than 1,500 inquiries a week from renters, homeowners, landlords, and others with housing related questions.
“Since the beginning of the new year, we’ve seen more people reaching out to Colorado Housing Connects for support than ever before. This challenge presented us with a valuable opportunity to broaden our class offerings and engage more clients with a deeper level of service,” said Colorado Housing Connects Program Director Patrick Noonan. ”I hope anyone that attends walks away with a better understanding of how to identify affordable housing opportunities that best meet their needs and that they are equipped with the resources they need to take the next step in their affordable housing search.”
Each affordable housing webinar is tailored to best educate attendees, based on their location. Topics covered at the webinars include types of affordable housing, challenges of affordable housing, income levels for affordable housing, and teaches community members how to access affordable housing.
The classes are needed and timely as the cost of living continues to rise throughout the state and country.
Common Sense Institute, a non-partisan research organization, found that since 2015, the price of housing in the Denver metro area has exceeded the U.S. average. The organization says home affordability has decreased by 86% since 2015 and also found that 80% of Coloradans live in a county with an aggregate housing supply shortage.
In February, around 270 Coloradans attended a Colorado Housing Connects affordable housing workshop.
Those who are interested in attending an affordable housing workshop — or other Colorado Housing Connects classes for prospective homebuyers, housing resources, budgeting, and more — can find a class by clicking on the “Upcoming Events” tab at coloradohousingconnects.org.