NoCo Housing NOW

NoCo Housing NOW is a coalition of the willing serving as Northern Colorado’s leading voice for housing options & relative affordability.  Members of the coalition include:  Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, the Cities of Greeley and Fort Collins, Larimer and Weld County, the Town of Windsor, Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity, the Northern Colorado Home Builders Association, the NoCo Rental Housing Association, IRES and the Fort Collins Board of Realtors.  Talent 2.0 identified the need to explore the range of affordable housing policies that could be considered to address the housing challenges in the region and spurred the creation of NoCo Housing NOW.

Current Resources:


NoCo Housing NOW Summit – October 28, 2021 

Supported by:

Program

Welcome
Joe Rowan – Fort Collins Chamber Public Policy Consultant

Housing Challenges in Colorado From pre-COVID to the Present: Can Innovation Offer a Partial Solution?
Dr. Phyliss Resnick, Executive Director, CSU Colorado Futures Center
Jennifer Newcomer – Research Director, CSU Colorado Futures Center

Presentation

Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention
Kelly Evans, Executive Director, Neighbor-to-Neighbor

What Does Success Look Like? Exploring and Evaluating the Affordable Housing Work of  The Colorado Health Foundation
Nick Stuber, Senior Learning & Evaluation Officer, Colorado Health Foundation

Presentation 

Successes at the Bonell Campus Pilot Project
Ben Snow, Director, City of Greeley Department of Economic Health & Housing
Jayme Schledewitz – Bonnell Project Director, United Way of Weld County

Presentation

One Voice for Housing?
Kristin Candella, Executive Director, Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity

Presentation

 

Resource: The Essential Foundation: How to Talk to Coloradans About Housing

 

 

 


NoCo Housing NOW All Partnership Virtual Meeting – August 20, 2021

Topic: Land Use Code Matters!

Recording
Introduction Slides and Contact Information
City of Fort Collins Housing Strategic Plan Implementation: LUC Phase 1 Updates 
Larimer County Land Use Code Updates Phase II
The Housing View from Greeley 
Tracking Growth and Evaluating Performance of Shared Equity Homeownership Programs During Housing Market Fluctuations (April 2019)

 

Several jurisdictions within Northern Colorado are re-examining impediments to delivering diverse, equitable and inclusive housing development that can be considered affordable across the income spectrum.  The panel included representatives from Larimer County and the Cities of Greeley and Fort Collins who outlined key objectives, delivery timeframe and opportunities for community input. Following introductory presentations, attendees were encouraged to engage in direct dialogue with the panel and each other to bring greater understanding of the tools used to define our community.


NoCo Housing NOW All Partnership Virtual Meeting – May 21, 2021

Topic: Owning the Future. Converting Manufactured Home Parks to Resident Ownership Cooperatives

Recording
ROC USA Capital Presentation 
Presentation
Long shunned by communities across the country, manufactured home parks are finally being recognized as an important component of our housing inventory. However, the characteristic of separating home ownership from control of the land below presents unique challenges not just for the resident and landlord, but for the larger community and our economic resiliency across the region.
The meeting included a discussion of the opportunities, challenges, rewards and trade-offs in pursuing resident ownership strategies. The panel of experts lead a dialogue on such topics as: community outreach and resident organization; capacity building; financial structuring; infrastructure assessment & improvement; park management; and, community impacts.
Panel:
Andy Kadlec – Program Director, Thistle ROC
Michael Sloss – Managing Director, ROC USA Capital
Emily Gorgol – Partnership & Grants Director, The Family Center/La Familia;  FC City Council, District 6
Tracey Stewart – Senior Program Officer, Colorado Health Foundation
Special Guest: TBD – Resident of River View MHP (Durango)

Moderator: Joe Rowan – Public Policy Consultant


NoCo Housing NOW All Partnership Virtual Meeting – March 19, 2021

Members of the Colorado Housing Affordability Project (CHAP) presented 8 policy recommendations to address key elements pushing housing costs beyond the capacity of an expanding cross-section of our communities. To highlight the need for action, relevant statistical data and research demonstrated:

  • Statewide median income has increased 63% between 2000 and 2019; Median rent has increased 104% while median home price has increased 146% within the same time frame.
  • Renters at every income level are increasingly paying more than 30% of gross income for housing, not just among low-income households.
  • In 2010, the statewide median home price was 4.4 times median household income; in 2020 that ratio was 5.2 and by 2030 it is expected to reach 6.2 times.
  • Land use regulations and development review processes are a major drivers of housing cost.

The overriding message revolves around regional cooperation to gain efficiencies and minimize conflicts while creating greater connectivity between jobs, housing and public amenities.  The eight recommendations are not  presented as potential legislation, but rather voluntary initiatives communities should consider in order to lower the financial, administrative and physical barriers to expanding our inventory of housing available to households across the income spectrum.

Review the proposal here.  Our Platform – Colorado Housing Affordability Project (cohousingaffordabilityproject.org)

The next partnership meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 16. Visit https://nocohousingnow.org/ for more information and to get involved.


NoCo Housing NOW All Partnership Virtual Meeting – July 17, 2020
This meeting featured a conversation about the 2020 Legislative Session as well as an update on CARES/COVID investments area governments will be making in housing.


NoCo Housing NOW All Partnership Virtual Meeting – June 5, 2020
This meeting featured a conversation about creative use of small lot size


NoCo Housing NOW presents:
A Housing Conversation with NoCo Housing NOW

Friday, November 8, 2019
Embassy Suites, 4705 Clydesdale Pkwy, Loveland, CO 80538
The housing conversation is underwritten by Northern Colorado Prospers.

Event Resources

Event Agenda 

Presentation

Keynote: Affordable Housing as Public Infrastructure
Stefka Fanchi, Elevation Land Trust Chief Executive Officer

Presentation 

Water and the Impact on Housing
Patrick McMeekin , Hartford Homes VP of Land Development

Presentation 

CDFI Financing – Creative Impact
Megan Ferguson, Impact Development Fund Director of Operations

Presentation

Exploring Colorado’s Housing Affordability ChallengesDoubled Up Housing
Phyllis Resnick, Executive Director and Lead Economist, Colorado Futures Center, Research in partnership with Shift Research Lab

Initiative 122 Synopsis
Legislative Update
Elena Wilken, Housing Colorado Executive Director

(303) 863-0124
elena@housingcolorado.org