Affordable Housing Information Hub

Provided by

Affordable Housing Collaborative

Voice and Action for Affordable Housing in
El Paso County

About

The Affordable Housing Collaborative is a fact-based independent group of advocates concerned about the critical issue of affordable housing in El Paso County. The Collaborative is not another nonprofit but an entity that grew out of the city of Colorado Springs’ partnership with Innovations in Aging Collaborative’s work on the Age-Friendly Colorado Springs housing domain.

Our goals are to:

Educate

Educate the community-at-large through fact-based research about the issue and its impact on our community.

Centralize

Gain and centralize information about activities and initiatives related to affordable housing.

Influence

Influence community members to support affordable housing efforts.

Why?

Of the 260,851 households in El Paso County

HOUSEHOLDS ARE EXTREMELY-LOW INCOME EARNING LESS THAN $25,100

%

34,347 OF THESE HOUSEHOLDS (85%) ARE COST-BURDENED

%

25,879 HOUSEHOLDS (64%) ARE PAYING MORE THAN HALF OF THEIR INCOME ON HOUSING

HOUSEHOLDS ARE Very-LOW INCOME EARNING BETWEEN $25,100 AND $46,620

%

25,322 OF THESE HOUSEHOLDS (56%) ARE COST-BURDENED

%

6,131 HOUSEHOLDS (13%) ARE PAYING MORE THAN HALF OF THEIR INCOME ON HOUSING

Analysis prepared by the City of Colorado Springs Community Development Division based on U.S. Census Bureau, 2018 ACS 1-Year PUMS  (click here for additional information)

What Can You Do?

  • Have conversations with friends, colleagues and neighbors to learn about their housing challenges.
  • Educate your circles of influence.
  • Effect policy & regulatory decisions at the local, county and state levels.
  • Look for opportunities to invest in community impact funds to help increase affordable housing units.
  • Advocate for legislation that can make a difference.
  • Utilize tax benefits through 1031 exchanges, donation of land, etc.
  • Approach owners of vacant land with a vision for using the land for affordable housing.
  • Plan and/or participate in neighborhood meetings to further educate the community about our affordable housing crisis.
  • Be aware of public agencies, school districts, hospitals, universities, and religious organizations that may have surplus property and may be persuated to joint venture with for-profit or nonprofit developers to create affordable housing units.
  • Learn about the use of land trusts and advocate for them as appropriate.

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