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|2019 Education Program|
2019 Education Program Resources:
Check back here for 2019 event recaps and resources.
Undesign the Redline
Katie McKenna from Enterprise Community Partners shares the history and impact of legally authorized and mandated housing discrimination through federal lending and investment policies. These policies laid the cornerstone of complex socio-spatial issues that historically segregated communities continue to face. Many of the inequities within and between neighborhoods, particularly in large metropolitan areas, trace their roots to redlining. In Colorado and throughout the nation, such discriminatory lending practices have left a legacy of disinvestment predominately in black and brown communities. Learn about disparities and be inspired by local solutions to “Undesign the Redline” and improve racial equity in housing.
Federal Policy Update
Andrea Ponsor and Adam Cohen from Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) provided an overview on the activities of the 116th Congress and how they may affect key affordable housing issues in 2019 and beyond. Topics addressed included: Committee assignments and key players in the 116th Congress; FY20 appropriations and the need to lift the Budget Control Act’s spending caps; GSE reform possibilities and what they may mean for the affordable housing industry; and an overview of housing legislation introduced in the 116th Congress. Please also review the New Housing Legislation - 116th Congress for more information on housing legislation.
Advocacy Skills Boot Camp
This members-only event informed and offered tools for effective advocacy.This session, taught by lobbyist Amber Valdez and lobbyist and former legislator Gayle Berry, gave insight into how to reach out to legislators, how to cultivate relationship with them and how to give a simple pitch of your stance on the issues. This session also explained Housing Colorado's in-house resources and the public outreach campaign's, Live Affordably Colorado, resources.
This forum provided a needed discussion around affordable homeownership in our communities. Panelists discussed the importance of homeownership to our communities, the challenges and opportunities for providers serving home buyers in the affordable market, changes in the starter home inventory, and financing tools for affordable homeownership. Panelists also discussed recent and proposed local programs around Colorado advancing affordable homeownership.
This presentation from our Spring Site Tour at Boulevard One Residences in Lowry reviews how this new 72-unit affordable housing family apartment development was conceived, funded, designed, and constructed. Presenters from Volunteers of America, Parikh Stevens Architects, FirstBank, and S.B. Clark spoke about each phase of the project.
Other Highlighted Events
This annual event updated the affordable housing industry on potential state-level policies driving the current legislative session. It also connected local legislators with over 150 members of Colorado's affordable housing industry in their districts. The above linked attachment is the copy of the issues briefing which Housing Colorado presented prior to the luncheon itself. It explained the policies, as well as Housing Colorado's positions.