Housing Authority Workbook is
designed to help citizens, housing advocates, planners, and local
officials understand how the regional housing authority law can be a tool
to address affordable housing issues in their community and region. The
sections of the workbook offer several steps to help you use the regional
housing authority law to your community’s advantage.
focuses on determining the extent of the affordable housing issue in your
community or region. Determining the scale of the problem will help
determine the scale of the approach and the resources necessary to create
explores the mechanisms within the Regional Housing Authority Law and how
it could fill gaps in your current efforts. The enabling legislation is
not a silver bullet to the affordable housing needs of Colorado
communities, but it does offer a flexible framework to meet local needs to
finance and build more affordable housing.
Section III offers a framework
for evaluating the potential usefulness of the regional housing authority
law and reach agreement on how you would like to use it.
contains sample intergovernmental agreements for creating a regional
housing authority from a few jurisdictions that have created or attempted
to create a regional housing authority.
Section V contains an appendix
with a number of affordable housing resources, including how to create a
housing trust fund.
A final note
Community problem solving is rarely, if
ever, a linear process. Consequently, the suggestions in this workbook
need to be tested and tempered by local political realities, community
history with the issue of affordable housing, and common sense.
If a step or suggestion in the workbook
doesn’t make sense in your area of Colorado, do what makes the most sense
to you instead. The solution to affordable housing is not a
‘one-size-fits-all” proposition. Although the tools may be similar, how
they are employed from community to community and region to region will,
The regional housing authority law
creates a framework in which a variety of solutions can fit. See what
works best for you. If you find the enabling legislation limiting –
innovate! Affordable housing is a dynamic problem that requires
innovative solutions. The Regional Housing Authority Law is one place to
This workbook was prepared at
part of the same
Heritage Planning Grant from the Department of Local Affairs in 2002
through which Healthy Mountain Communities helped the governments of the
Lower Roaring Fork Valley created the Roaring Fork Community Housing Fund.
more about the
Roaring Fork Community Housing Fund ...
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The challenge of affordable housing
The potential of
How this workbook is organized
Section I –
Assess your housing needs
Section II – What does the Multi-Jurisdictional Housing
Section III – Design & implement a decision-making
Section IV – Appendices
State Statute 29-1-204.5 –
Establishment of multi-jurisdictional housing authorities
Affordable Housing Resources
County, Summit County, Roaring Fork Valley, Yampa Valley) (1.5 mb)
Setting up a Housing Trust Fund
Housing Trust Fund Models
Local, State, & Federal Housing