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How to Get Involved with Housing Policy
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 consists of industry professionals appointed by Housing Colorado's Board of Directors to monitor all legislation that impacts the development and
preservation of affordable housing in Colorado. Legislative Committee members lend their knowledge and
experience to analyze the real-world impact of complicated legislative proposals and inform Housing Colorado’s position on specific bills. Legislative Committee appointments are made
each November for the following year. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please
contact Elena Wilken.
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.
Housing Colorado provides weekly bill reports throughout the Colorado Legislative Session, keeping you up-to-date on the latest affordable housing legislation.
Housing Colorado also holds an annual advocacy training webinar in January, which helps inform members on effective steps to take in contacting legislators and mobilizing support behind issues.
Know the Issues
Housing Colorado offers a robust training program throughout the year, including our annual Conference every October and informational forums and webinars. 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 regularly-updated events calendar.
Housing Colorado hosts an annual Legislative Luncheon in February, which includes an issues briefing prior, giving a deep dive on all currently proposed statewide legislation affecting housing. This is a great opportunity to network with other affordable housing advocates and meet with state legislators.
Housing Colorado also sends out regular Legislative Alert emails to members who would like to receive updates on state and federal legislation related to affordable housing. If you would like to join this email list, please contact Dora.
Housing Colorado is proud to partner with the Colorado Division of Housing (DOH) and the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) for summer events throughout the state.
In 2019, our three organizations co-hosted free, public Outreach & Engagement events in Denver, Durango, Fort Collins, Frisco, Grand Junction, and Pueblo. We also held smaller events in Bent County, Gunnison, Keystone, Limon, and Ouray, and the Division of Housing collected additional feedback during this time period through an online survey. DOH's initial summary and analysis of all Summer 2019 feedback can be downloaded here.
We are planning our 2020 summer event schedule. Once locations are confirmed, we will update our event calendar with more information.
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 us.