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Affordable Housing Advocacy

More and more people are being squeezed out of Chaffee County by rising housing costs and impractical land policies. The faces of the affordable housing crisis are all around us. They include business owners, restaurant employees, teachers, government workers and families of all kinds. They are your neighbors, friends and colleagues.

Lack of affordable housing also dramatically impacts health. How?  For one, spending more money on rent means less money for healthcare, childcare, transportation and food, which elevates stress levels and makes people sicker.

So what can be done? To change this situation, we all must work together.

Become an Affordable Housing Advocate!

What is
Affordable Housing?

Housing is considered affordable if the occupants are spending no more than 30% of their income on all housing expenses (ie rent/mortgage, plus utilities, insurance).

What is
Advocacy?

Advocacy is the act of speaking on the behalf of or in support of another person or cause. Advocacy ensures people to have their voice heard on issues, so that their views are genuinely considered when policy, regulation, and program decisions are made.

Housing Organizations

State & National Organizations

Colorado Division of Housing (DOH)

Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Click here to learn more about housing issues in Chaffee County.

Please use the following resources to get involved and advocate for affordable housing in Chaffee County! Or contact us at info@housinghealthchaffee.org

Tips & a Template for a Letter to the Editor

A good letter to the editor addresses a current issue and is used as a tool to raise awareness and influence the local community and elected officials. Click on the icon above to download information.

Letter to the Editor Guidelines

Editors welcome opinions that contain fresh personal insight and expression. Do not send the same letter to different news outlets. Click on the icon above to download information.

Public comment information for local government

Speaking during the “Public Comment Period” at governmental board meetings is an effective way to show support or state concerns for a local issue. Click on the icon above to download information.