Colorado Housing Toolkit Program

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Affordable Housing Toolkit for Local Officials

DOH, Enterprise, and Community Builders recently completed five outreach sessions with stakeholders throughout Colorado, broken down by market type, and heard insightful feedback to help formulate the new, improved and more comprehensive Toolkit for Local Officials. 

Please note this toolkit is for local communities through their elected local officials or local government employees only. The Local Officials Toolkit is intended to help local communities identify possible housing opportunities and streamline their processes to achieve housing faster. We expect there to be two types of technical assistance available, light and heavy touch. Lighter touch technical assistance will be available through what we're considering a "help desk", where local governments can call for assistance with minor affordable housing related issues. We expect this to be available toward the end of this year. For communities interested in more intensive technical assistance, DOH will solicit applications in early 2023. 

The format for the toolkit is shaping up to be:

  1. Affordable Housing 101 - High-level overview of affordable housing, i.e. "What is affordability?", explanations of the housing continuum, etc, geared towards educating local officials who may have only had to consider the affordable housing crisis recently in their public work.
     
  2. Affordable Housing Fundamentals Trainings (201, 301, 401) - These more detailed trainings will include information on Groundwork & Positioning, Development Process & Land Use, Funding & Financing, and Intro to Local Housing Programs. Higher level sessions focused on issues by market type will be held in-person around the State. 
     
  3. Online web resource - DOH will host a web-based resource similar to CHFA's Developers Guide, but focused on policy rather than the development process. 
     
  4. Tailored technical Assistance 
For more information on the Affordable Housing Toolkit for Local Officials, please contact Andrew Atchley (719) 298-2903 or andrew.atchley@state.co.us) or Natalie Wowk (720) 812-4137 or natalie.wowk@state.co.us), or sign up for DOH’s email blast here.