Mission and History
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Housing Colorado is an industry resource for all aspects of affordable housing, including professional advocacy, issue expertise, and networking opportunities.

Why We Exist - 
So that home is not a hardship.

Why does Housing Colorado exist? Colorado is one of the fastest growing states in the nation, and for hundreds of thousands of our residents, quality housing is priced out of reach. Housing inventory is low and costs continue to skyrocket. Currently, over 25% of Coloradans spend more than 50% of their income on housing, putting these residents at financial risk and destabilizing our communities. Many of our state’s essential workers, including teachers, police officers, health care workers and retail employees don’t earn enough to pay market rental rates — let alone own a home. Housing Colorado is a comprehensive industry association that is dedicated to serving professionals who are designing, developing and increasing support for affordable housing in Colorado.

Many sectors. One mission.

Affordable housing isn’t just an agenda item for our organization; it’s the sole reason we are here. Being at the forefront of this issue, we are called upon to lead, educate, activate and innovate to ensure that Colorado’s communities are affordable, healthy, vibrant and safe. We represent and funnel the energies of a wide variety of industry sectors, constituencies and geographic regions across the state.

Our Mission: Housing Colorado is to be a unified voice promoting the preservation and production of quality affordable housing for low and moderate income Coloradans through statewide education and advocacy in order to build a strong economy and healthy communities.


History and Legacy. 

Housing Colorado was officially launched in 2005 with the merger of two non-profits (Colorado Affordable Housing Partnership and Colorado Rural Housing NOW!), as well as the restructuring of a third agency (the Colorado Low-Income Housing Campaign). A task force comprised of key leaders within the affordable housing community, which became Housing Colorado’s founding leadership, identified tremendous synergy of the three independent organizations. Through a more unified approach, the new organization of Housing Colorado would more effectively shift public consciousness and the policy environment to provide a wider range of affordable housing options in Colorado.  

Building momentum for balanced communities.

Housing Colorado is not just an organization you belong to; it’s an organization that you move forward with - into greater knowledge and a greater ability to serve all of Colorado through affordable housing. There is value in belonging to an organization that is sought after for expertise, information, speaking engagements and partnerships. Housing Colorado is resolute in purpose and passion and in service of our members. As a membership organization, we help unite and empower the broad diversity of sectors who serve the affordable industry. Together, we accomplish great things in Colorado.

Illustrator and translator of the big picture.

An important aspect of Housing Colorado’s work is to understand and convey the context in which affordable housing exists. This is why draft legislation is consistently sent to us for review and vetting. It’s why our ongoing sourcing of data and research brings evidence to our advocacy and garners significant media coverage. We don’t just convene the building of affordable housing; we also tell the story of why it is essential to our communities today. Check out our many resources on this website.

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