April 30, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Celesté Martinez 303-968-6580, celeste@unecolorado.org
Andrea Chiriboga-Flor, (978) 516-8996, andrea@9to5.org

The Door Remains Locked for Colorado Cities and Counties to Fully Address the Housing Crisis

Denver- On Tuesday, April 30, the Colorado State Senate laid over SB19-225 until after the 2019 legislative session. This key legislation would have repealed Colorado’s current statewide prohibition on rent stabilization and other local housing solutions and granted local cities and counties the authority to create those solutions.

Sen. Gonzales stated afterward, “I’m committed to bringing this legislation back next year so our local governments have every tool at their disposal to address the housing crisis.” Primary sponsors, Rep. Gonzales-Gutierrez, Rep. Lontine and Sen. Rodriguez, also echoed their ongoing commitment to moving similar legislation forward in 2020.

United for a New Economy Organizing Director, Celesté Martinez, emphasized after the vote: “This legislation is the top priority of our membership and the Colorado Homes for All coalition. We will continue to organize to pass this key legislation until our communities have every door open to them to address the housing crisis:”

SB19-225 ultimately gained the endorsement of over 60 community organizations, unions, residential communities, faith groups, local businesses and local landlords. Among those backing the bill was local landlord Amanda Gonzalez. During the Senate State Military and Veteran Affairs Committee hearing, Gonzalez testified stating, “Since 2015, I have not increased the rent for my tenants. I do this because when rents are stabilized, I can guarantee that my tenants can pay rent on time, they can remain longer in their homes, and they can truly invest in the communities where they live.”

The legislation also included the support of several local elected officials from Denver, Aurora, Adams County and Summit County. During the SB-225 senate committee hearing, many local elected officials emphasized how extensively the 1981 prohibition is tying their hands from implementing the best affordable housing solutions.

“This is not over. Our fight to repeal the 1981 prohibition is just beginning,” proclaimed Andrea Chiriboga-Flor, 9to5 Co-Director.

For more information regarding the updates on SB19-225 and the ongoing effort to stabilize rent in Colorado watch the Colorado Homes for All Facebook Live response here.

 


Colorado Homes for All is a coalition of individuals and organizations who have come together from every corner of Colorado to build a grassroots housing movement for equity and justice for all people.

9to5 Colorado’s mission is to build a movement to achieve economic justice by engaging directly affected women to improve their working conditions. We are a multi-racial, grassroots non-profit organization that combines advocacy, public education, and leadership development to achieve economic justice.