Special Eviction Prevention Task Force

A temporary task force within the Department of Local Affairs will examine housing instability due to COVID-19 in Colorado. The Special Eviction Prevention Task Force will work in partnership with the Division of Housing’s Strategic Housing Working Group. The task force will present its findings and recommendations to the Executive Director of DOLA and to the Governor within 30 days of its first meeting.

Executive Order

The Task Force is composed of ten individuals that represent a variety of perspectives and backgrounds from the housing and development space, and will work in partnership with the Department of Local Affairs’ Division of Housing, the Strategic Housing Working Group, and the Governor’s office. 

•    Chris Romer of Denver, Colorado, appointed; 
•    Skippy Leigh Upton Mesirow of Aspen, Colorado, appointed; 
•    Andrew Feinstein of Denver, Colorado, appointed; 
•    Rachel Friend of Boulder, Colorado, appointed; 
•    Ty L. Coleman of Alamosa, Colorado, appointed; 
•    Jennifer Kermode of Gunnison, Colorado, appointed;
•    Jennifer Linda Rodgers of Denver, Colorado, appointed;
•    Beatriz Gonzalez of Broomfield, Colorado, appointed;
•    Andy Newell of Greenwood Village, Colorado, appointed; 
•    Leanne Denise Wheeler of Aurora, Colorado, appointed.



September 10, 2020

Meeting Recording Video

Week 1 meeting agenda:
•    Welcome and Introductions, 9-9:20 a.m.
•    Review Task Force Objectives 9:20-9:30 a.m.
•    Residential Evictions—Terminology and Process 9:30-9:40 a.m.  
•    State Response to Eviction Challenges—Executive Orders, State Programs and Funding 9:40-10:15 a.m.
•    Comments from Governor Polis 10:15-10:30 a.m. (approximate)
•    City of Denver Response to Eviction Challenges 10:30-10:50 a.m.
•    Programs offering Alternatives to Eviction 10:50-11:15 a.m.
                          o       Las Animas County 
•    Task Force discussion 11:15-noon

September 17, 2020

Meeting Recording Video

9:00 - 9:10      Start and introductions
9:10 - 9:25      ANB Bank presentation (Koger Propst)
9:25 - 10:00     CO Center for Law and Policy and COVID 19 Eviction Defense Fund presentations
10:00 - 10:15   Q&A
10:15 - 10:25   Break
10:25 - 11:45   Task Force discussion and deliberation
11:45 - 12:00    Wrap up 

September 24, 2020                9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

October 1, 2020                      9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

*If you are in need of rent/mortgage assistance, housing counseling, eviction/foreclosure assistance or housing related legal services please visit coloradohousingconnects.org


Andrew Paredes
Director, Office of Housing Finance and Sustainability