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.
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.
Keynote: Affordable Housing as Public Infrastructure
Water and the Impact on Housing
CDFI Financing – Creative Impact
Exploring Colorado’s Housing Affordability ChallengesDoubled Up Housing
Initiative 122 Synopsis