Department of Local Affairs provides $23M in federal emergency rental assistance, affordable housing in July for Colorado

Denver, CO – Up to $19.65M in federal CARES Act funding for emergency rental assistance is now available to property owners on behalf of their tenants through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Division of Housing (DOH). In addition, the division awarded $3.27M through the Colorado State Housing Board (SHB) for affordable housing in July.

Applications are now open for landlords to apply for the Property Owner Preservation (POP) program on behalf of their residents impacted by COVID-19, which resides alongside the Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) for renters on the DOH website.

DOH awarded Bright Future Foundation (BFF) $660K to support the construction of Brighthouse Emergency Shelter in Gypsum, Colorado. The trauma-informed housing design will have space to shelter up to 22 individuals. Seven units will have kitchenettes and one will accommodate larger families. This project will also have a communal kitchen, common area and on-site counseling space.

The Division granted the City of Gunnison $1.2M to develop 4.3 acres of the 15-acre Lazy K property in Gunnison, Colorado into a combination of single-family homes, duplexes and townhomes for families with incomes 80 – 120 percent of the area median income (AMI), with two homes at market-rate. The Lazy K property will also include the West Gunnison Community Park, built with a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant received in early 2020. Lazy K will develop an early childhood education center in a later phase of the project.

Metro West Housing Solutions (MWHS) was awarded $800K to assist with the construction of the second phase of Lamar Station Crossing in Lakewood, Colorado. Phase II consists of adding 65 units made up of studios, and one-,two-, and three-bedroom apartments for people with incomes between 20 and 80 percent of the AMI. Thirteen of the units are reserved for those in the two lowest AMIs.

The Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (DHA) was granted $585K to assist with new construction of the 53-unit Shoshone development in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver. The three-story building of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments will be available to people between 20 and 80 percent of the AMI.

“Many Coloradans are facing housing challenges they didn’t face before the pandemic. Providing emergency rental and mortgage assistance is a top priority for the Division of Housing right now, as we try to support Coloradans impacted by COVID-19,” said DOLA Housing Director Alison George. “In addition to our continuing efforts to make sure affordable housing is available to those in need.” 

The State Housing Board and DOLA’s Division of Housing continue to support the creation of affordable housing that is accessible, safe and secure for all Coloradoans. For complete information on Housing Board grant approvals, visit cdola.colorado.gov/state-housing-board.

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El Departamento de Asuntos Locales destina $23 millones en fondos federales para asistencia de emergencia en pago de renta y viviendas asequibles en julio para Colorado 

Denver, Colorado – 30 de julio de 2020 – Actualmente, existe disponibilidad de hasta $19.65 millones del fondo federal de la Ley CARES en asistencia de emergencia para el pago de renta para los dueños de propiedades, en representación de sus inquilinos, a través de la División de la Vivienda (DOH, por sus siglas en inglés) del Departamento de Asuntos Locales de Colorado (DOLA, por sus siglas en inglés). Además, en el mes de julio, la división proporcionó $3.27 millones mediante el Consejo Estatal de la Vivienda de Colorado para viviendas asequibles. 

El proceso de solicitud se encuentra abierto para los propietarios que deseen solicitar fondos del programa de Conservación para Dueños de Propiedades (POP, por sus siglas en inglés), a nombre de sus inquilinos que se han visto impactados por la pandemia del COVID-19. El programa se realiza en conjunto con el Programa de Asistencia de Emergencia para la Vivienda (EHAP, por sus siglas en inglés) para inquilinos en el sitio web de la División de la Vivienda

La División de la Vivienda otorgó $660,000 a Bright Future Foundation para apoyar la construcción del refugio de emergencia de Brighthouse (Brighthouse Emergency Shelter) en Gypsum, Colorado. Las viviendas para víctimas de abuso y violencia, contará con espacio para refugiar a un máximo de 22 personas. Siete unidades estarán equipadas con cocina y una de ellas podrá recibir a familias más grandes. Este proyecto también tendrá una cocina comunitaria, un área común y un espacio para ofrecer servicios de asistencia en el lugar.

La división otorgó $1.2 millones a la Ciudad de Gunnison para transformar 4.3 acres de las 15 acres de la propiedad Lazy K de Gunnison, Colorado, en una combinación de diferentes tipos de viviendas (unifamiliares, dúplex y townhome) para familias con ingresos de entre un 80 y un 120 por ciento del ingreso medio del área (AMI, por sus siglas en inglés), además de dos viviendas al valor de mercado. Asimismo, la propiedad Lazy K incluirá a West Gunnison Community Park, construido gracias a una subvención de la organización Great Outdoors Colorado otorgada a principios del año 2020. Lazy K desarrollará un centro de educación temprana en una fase posterior del proyecto. 

La agencia Metro West Housing Solutions recibió $800,000 para asistir en la construcción de la segunda fase del complejo de apartamentos Lamar Station Crossing en Lakewood, Colorado. La fase II consiste en añadir 65 unidades de estudios, además de apartamentos de una, dos y tres habitaciones para las personas con ingresos de entre un 20 y un 80 por ciento del ingreso medio del área. Trece de las unidades se reservarán para personas que se encuentren en las dos categorías más bajas del índice del ingreso promedio del área.

La Autoridad de la Vivienda de la Ciudad y el Condado de Denver (DHA, por sus siglas en inglés) recibió $585,000 para ayudar en la nueva construcción del proyecto Shoshone de 53 unidades ubicado en el vecindario Highlands de Denver. El edificio de tres pisos con apartamentos de uno, dos y tres habitaciones estará disponible para las personas con ingresos de entre un 20 y un 80 por ciento del ingreso promedio del área. 

“Muchos habitantes de Colorado están enfrentando desafíos relacionados con la vivienda que no habían enfrentado antes de la pandemia. En este momento, la principal prioridad de la División de la Vivienda es la prestación de asistencia de emergencia para el pago de renta e hipoteca, para apoyar a los habitantes de Colorado que se han visto impactados por el COVID-19”, declaró la Directora de la Vivienda de DOLA, Alison George. “Además de nuestros esfuerzos continuos para garantizar que exista disponibilidad de viviendas asequibles para las personas necesitadas”. 

El Consejo Estatal de la Vivienda y la División de la Vivienda del Departamento de Asuntos Locales de Colorado continúan brindando apoyo para la creación de viviendas asequibles que sean accesibles y seguras para todos los habitantes de Colorado. Para obtener información detallada sobre la aprobación de subvenciones del Consejo de la Vivienda, consulte cdola.colorado.gov/state-housing-board.

Department of Local Affairs provides $23M in federal emergency rental assistance, affordable housing in July for Colorado

Department of Local Affairs will allocate $275 million in Coronavirus relief funds for local governments

Denver, CO – May 29, 2020 – Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) will allocate up to $275 million to local governments across the state from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CVRF), in an effort to reduce the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Congress mandated CVRF as part of the federal CARES Act under Title V. It allows local governments to receive reimbursements for necessary expenditures that were not accounted for in the most recent local government budget, that were incurred as of March 1st due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

“We understand that local governments in Colorado have been challenged like never before due to this pandemic,” said DOLA Executive Director Rick M. Garcia. “We are resolved to provide this crucial assistance in a quick and efficient manner to those who need it.”

Counties, municipalities and special districts have at least thirty days to opt in for CVRF funding through an application on the DOLA’s website, after June 3rd.

“Municipalities stepped up to protect their employees and help local businesses stay afloat,” said Kevin Bommer, Executive Director of the Colorado Municipal League (CML). “These funds will ensure their eligible, unbudgeted expenses can be reimbursed.”

Applicants are required to supply affirmations of spending, reporting, monitoring, and other federal stipulations. Counties and municipalities are required to collaborate on funding requests, and awards will be capped based on county geographic population.

“This funding is vital to helping local governments with COVID-19 expenses. Many thanks to the mindful and collaborative planning with our local government partners CML, Colorado Counties Inc. (CCI), CCAT and DOLA.  Many thanks to the dedicated work of DOLA and the Governor’s Office in allocating the funds to local governments,” said Ann Terry, Executive Director of the Special District Association.

DOLA will announce an expedited award process and guidance for participants in the coming days, once local governments have begun opting in. The goal is to see this financial assistance directly affect the communities where it is needed, quickly and effectively.

“A pandemic that is no fault of the residents of Colorado should not prevent them from their rightful services of their local governments,” said John Swartout, Executive Director of CCI. “And now it won’t.”

DOLA is responsible for strengthening Colorado’s local communities and building capacity by providing strategic training, research, technical assistance, and funding to localities. DOLA works in partnership with local governments and communities statewide to provide funding for projects and disaster recovery relief. For more, please visit: https://cdola.colorado.gov/about-dola.

Department of Local Affairs will allocate $275 million in Coronavirus relief funds for local governments

Department of Local Affairs provides renters, landlords model repayment agreement

Denver, CO – The effort to fight COVID-19 has created economic hardships that have put some Coloradans in a struggle to pay their rent.

Executive Order D2020 051 signed by Governor Jared Polis on April 30 placed a moratorium on evictions and late fees for failure to pay rent that will expire on May 30, unless it is extended. The same executive order grants the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), Division of Housing (DOH) the authority to provide a template for renters and landlords to make payment arrangements, which may be initiated by either party to prevent late amounts from becoming immediately due when the moratorium expires.

“The rental moratorium for people impacted by the pandemic is not a free month of rent, it’s a measure to protect the economy while keeping people safer in their home,” said DOH Director Alison George. “At the property level, when tenants pay their rent, landlords can pay their mortgages, pay for maintenance, and pay the staff necessary to operate their properties.”

The MODEL Repayment Agreement for Tenants and Landlords resides on the DOH Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention website, along with other resources for Coloradans who need help in meeting their financial obligations for housing. Those who have accumulated past due rent are encouraged to take advantage of the MODEL Repayment Agreement template as soon as possible.

In the Governor’s previous executive order DOLA received $3 million in state emergency funds to assist with rental and mortgage assistance for families below 50 percent of the area median income (AMI). The division has an interactive map on their website to help families find resources due to COVID-19.  Coloradans can also call 211 to find the resources that best meet their needs.

The MODEL repayment agreement is intended to help manage amounts due to keep people housed. Rental assistance may prevent families from getting too far behind in payments. These efforts are aimed at helping families across Colorado stay financially sound.

“If you can pay your rent, you should,” George said. “These are challenging times that really show just how interconnected we all are.”

DOLA’s Division of Housing is dedicated to the creation of affordable housing that is accessible, safe and secure for all Coloradans. For complete information on COVID-19 resources from DOH, visit: cdola.colorado.gov/housing-covid19

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Departamento de Asuntos Locales ofrece un acuerdo modelo de pago para los inquilinos y arrendadores

Denver, CO – 20 de mayo de 2020 – Los esfuerzos para combatir el COVID-19 han creado dificultades económicas que complican el pago de la renta para algunos habitantes de Colorado.

La Orden Ejecutiva D2020 051, firmada por el Gobernador Jared Polis el 30 de abril, aplicó una moratoria a los desalojos y cargos por incumplimiento del pago de renta. La moratoria se expirará el 30 de mayo a no ser que se extienda. La misma orden ejecutiva le otorga a la División de Vivienda (DOH, por sus siglas en inglés) del Departamento de Asuntos Locales de Colorado (DOLA, por sus siglas en inglés) la autoridad de proveerles a los inquilinos y arrendadores un modelo de documento para hacer un acuerdo de pago, el cual lo puede iniciar cualquiera de las partes, con el fin de evitar que se tengan que pagar los montos atrasados inmediatamente cuando expire la moratoria de desalojos.  

“La moratoria de la renta para las personas impactadas por la pandemia no es un mes gratuito de la renta; es una medida para proteger a la economía mientras se mantiene a la población más segura en su casa”, dijo la directora de DOH, Alison George. “Al referirnos a las propiedades, cuando un inquilino paga su renta, los arrendadores pueden pagar su hipoteca, el mantenimiento y el personal necesario para administrar las propiedades”.

El Acuerdo Modelo de Pago entre los Inquilinos y Arrendadores se encuentra en la página web de la DOH acerca de la Prevención de los Desalojos y las Ejecuciones Hipotecarias, en conjunto con otros recursos para los habitantes de Colorado que necesiten ayuda para satisfacer sus obligaciones financieras relacionadas con la vivienda. Se insta a aquellas personas que hayan acumulado un monto de renta adeudada a aprovechar el Acuerdo Modelo de Pago lo antes posible.

De acuerdo con la anterior Orden Ejecutiva del gobernador, DOLA recibió $3 millones de fondos de emergencia del estado para brindar asistencia para la renta y las hipotecas a las familias que tienen ingresos por debajo del 50% del ingreso promedio en el área. DOH ofrece un mapa interactivo en su página web, con el fin de ayudar a las familia a buscar recursos, debido a la situación del COVID-19. Asimismo, los habitantes de Colorado pueden llamar a 211 para informarse de los recursos que mejor satisfagan sus necesidades.  

El acuerdo modelo de pago tiene el objetivo de ayudar a ambas partes a coordinar el pago de los montos adeudados para que las personas puedan permanecer en su hogar. La asistencia para el pago de la renta podría ayudar a las familias a no atrasarse tanto en sus pagos. Dichos esfuerzos tienen por objetivo ayudar a las familias en todo Colorado a conservar su seguridad financiera.

“Si puede pagar la renta, la debe pagar”, comentó George. “Estos son momentos difíciles que verdaderamente demuestran lo interconectados que estamos todos”.

La División de Vivienda de DOLA se enfoca en la creación de vivienda asequible, segura y protegida para toda la población de Colorado. Para mayor información acerca de los recursos que ofrece DOH durante la pandemia del COVID-19, le invitamos a consultar: cdola.colorado.gov/housing-covid19

Department of Local Affairs provides renters, landlords model repayment agreement

Department of Local Affairs grants $9.5M for new affordable housing and recovery-oriented housing, allocates $3M in housing services for COVID-19 relief

Denver, CO – April 27, 2020 – The Colorado Department of Local Affairs’ (DOLA) Division of Housing (DOH) awarded $9.5M through the Colorado State Housing Board (SHB) for affordable housing and 80 new recovery-oriented housing vouchers with $144,000 of support services in March and April, and received $3M to provide COVID-19 housing relief across Colorado.

Governor Polis signed Executive Order D 2020 012 providing $3M to DOLA from the disaster emergency funds which is being used to address evictions and foreclosures, and provide short-term rental and mortgage assistance to low-income households in Colorado who are economically impacted by COVID-19. Information and assistance is available at the division’s COVID-19 website.

DOH awarded 80 new housing vouchers to seven agencies for Coloradans with a behavioral, mental health or substance use disorders that are transitioning from various types of incarceration and residential treatment. The Division also granted $144K for tenancy supportive services to help these participants achieve stable housing.

The Division awarded Colorado Outdoors LLC, a loan of $1.1M for a three-building, 72-unit multifamily housing project in Montrose, Colorado. Eighteen one-bedrooms, 42 two-bedrooms and 12 three-bedroom units will be available to families in 30 to 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).

DOH approved a $3M loan for Archuleta Housing Authority to construct 34 one-and-two bedroom townhomes in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Rose Mountain Townhomes will be walking distance from the city’s premier hot springs resort and other major employers, as well as government services, shopping, parks and trails.

In addition the Division approved $1.65M to Elevation Community Land Trust (ECLT) for the acquisition of 60 two-and-three bedroom single-family homes in Fort Collins, Colorado. TWG Development, Inc. will construct the Ketcher Townhomes development on a 5-acre Land Bank parcel, where the homes will be made available to families with up to 80 percent of the AMI.

Colorado Springs Housing Authority (CSHA) was awarded $500K for development of Shooks Run Apartments near downtown Colorado Springs. The property will have four two-story walkup buildings with 40 units available to families with income between 30 and 60 percent of the AMI.

The Division approved Jefferson County Housing (JHCA) to receive $1M to renovate an early 1970’s housing development with 108-units  in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. The Caesar Square Apartments will serve families within 30 – 80 percent of the AMI.

There was an award in the amount of $200K granted to Anchor House, Inc. to assist in construction of a transitional housing project in Broomfield, Colorado. Eight affordable studio apartments will be available to youth at risk of homelessness between the ages of 18 to 24.

DOH approved an $855K loan to Gorman & Company to assist with the new construction of the 80-unit Morrison Road Apartments in West Denver. One, two and three-bedroom units will be available to families within 30 – 80 percent of the AMI. An early childhood education facility, family clinic and Mi Casa Resource center are within two miles of the property.

Community Outreach Service Center, Inc. and Blueline Development, Inc. was granted $1.2M for construction of the Charity House Apartments in Denver, a four-story building of 36 one-bedroom apartments for people making below 30 percent of AMI who are experiencing homelessness. The project will include supportive services from the Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD).

“DOLA is working around the clock to allocate disaster emergency funds to low-income Coloradans impacted by COVID-19, in addition to keeping our regular commitment of supporting equitable housing and recovery-oriented vouchers to people across the state,” said Rick M. Garcia, DOLA Executive Director. The State Housing Board and DOLA’s Division of Housing continue to support the creation of affordable housing that is accessible, safe and secure for all Coloradoans. For complete information on Housing Board grant approvals, visit cdola.colorado.gov/state-housing-board.

Department of Local Affairs grants $9.5M for new affordable housing and recovery-oriented housing, allocates $3M in housing services for COVID-19 relief