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How to Get Involved

Staying current on all the potential issues that impact affordable housing can be a daunting challenge.  Fortunately Housing Colorado has many resources and volunteer opportunities to stay informed, stay engaged and have an impact on issues that are essential to your daily work.

Legislative Committee

As a chartered committee authorized by the Housing Colorado Board of Directors, the Legislative Committee consists of industry professionals that are appointed by the board to monitor all legislation that impacts the development and preservation of affordable housing in Colorado. The Legislative Committee includes municipal and county housing authorities, finance experts, service providers, developers and other professionals that lend their knowledge and experience to translate often complicated legislative proposals into real-world impacts that inform Housing Colorado’s position on specific bills.

Legislative Committee appointments are made each November, if you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact Sara Reynolds.

Know the Process

The Colorado General Assembly has terrific resources online that help demystify the policy process, including deadline schedules, guides to public hearings, and much more.

Know the Issues

Housing Colorado offers a robust training program throughout the year, including our annual NOW! Conference each October and informational forums, webinars and brown bags.  These events focus on the most relevant and timely topics and range from nuts-and-bolts technical training to broad-based policy debates.  Click here to see our current training calendar.

In addition, the Housing Colorado resource library is an ever-growing source of expertise and best practices on a range of affordable housing topics.  Members can download sample policies and procedures, access white papers and view archived training resources.  

Know Your Elected Officials

The single best way to influence key decision-makers is by establishing a professional relationship that is based on expertise and respect.  When the General Assembly is out of session, reach out to your state representatives and invite them to visit one of your properties or programs.  Show them your success, but also take the opportunity to share your challenges.  If possible, have a resident join you and share their own personal story and how access to affordable housing has impacted their lives.  This simple gesture will leave an impression with your representative that your organization is a credible voice in the affordable housing industry and a resource when issues concerning affordable housing come before the legislature.

Do you have a case study of a successful tour of one of your properties that you’d be willing to share?  If so, please contact Sarah Riopelle.

Colorado Housing Champions

Housing Colorado is pleased to have a partnership agreement with Colorado Housing Champions, a Small Donor Committee (SDC) dedicated to electing candidates with a proven track record of supporting favorable affordable housing policies. Through Colorado Housing Champions' campaign contributions, donors can have an impact far beyond their small ($50 or less) contribution. Securing resources and policies that preserve and promote the development of affordable housing in Colorado begins with monitoring and supporting candidates for public office who can then champion the priorities of affordable housing community.

 Learn more about Colorado Housing Champions, the election process, and how you can support our collective efforts.


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