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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonJuly 13, 20186min406

Most of us experience confusion with the muddle of terminology surrounding affordable versus public housing. For the most part, public housing is a distinct subset within the affordable housing rubric. Nonetheless, a blurry line separates those whose economic circumstance requires public housing assistance from the fully employed who simply can’t locate housing they can afford. For nearly a century Colorado communities have acknowledged the necessity of providing a limited stock of publicly funded housing units for those with disabilities or poverty incomes. More recently school boards in our resort communities have found themselves financing housing units for teachers whose middle-class incomes fail to match market rentals. This is clearly a public housing demand of a different order.


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Jonathan HarrisJonathan HarrisNovember 10, 20175min695

Developers and builders had an opportunity to discuss the many reasons they believe Colorado is experiencing an affordable housing shortage in recent media coverage. I girded myself for much ado about what the “business community” has convinced elected officials is the number one barrier to new builds — Colorado’s so-called unfair construction-defect laws.



Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirFebruary 23, 20174min209

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce — a key stakeholder in efforts to forge compromise legislation on construction-liability reform — issued a statement today via Chamber President Kelly Brough opposing one of the pending proposals on the issue, Senate Bill 157:

“Although Senate Bill 157 contains some meaningful reforms to construction defect laws, we’re concerned that it would take away from local control and the critical gap so many municipalities have filled to ensure their citizens have access to affordable workforce housing. We are committed to working with the bill sponsors and the entire legislature to advance meaningful construction defects reform and will continue to advocate for consumer protections, such as informing all owners of a possible construction defect lawsuit, and providing alternatives to costly, long battles in court.”

SB 157 is sponsored by Sen. Angela Williams, D-Denver, and Rep. Jovan Melton, D-Aurora. It is one of several pending proposals to rein in liability for defective construction in the homebuilding industry in hopes of encouraging development of more affordable housing.

The chamber also released its latest stands, pro and con, on some other measures now before the General Assembly:

The Chamber supports:

The Chamber opposes: