News & Media

We are proud of the work our team and volunteers do.  The following publications have covered our efforts to increase access to justice and legal representation for marginalized, underserved, low-income individuals in Colorado.

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Investors are Buying Mobile Home Parks. Residents are Paying a Price.

Across the country, corporate landlords are expanding manufactured housing portfolios and driving up rents, pushing longtime residents out.

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Can Colorado Keep Mobile Home Affordable?

Heather Malone holds her daughter Caoimhe, 4, outside their home in the Golden Hills Park for Mobile Homes in Golden on March 9, 2022. Heather and her family have lived at Golden Hills for almost a decade. Colorado lawmakers recently introduced a bill that would add greater protections to mobile home residents throughout the state. The biggest piece of the proposed bill is rent stabilization, which would cap how much mobile home park owners could increase rent per year. Malone, who has three children, is worried that another rent hike would force them out of Golden altogether. Her rent went from $550 per month to $796.

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Tenants at Clarkson Lodge given an extension to move out; Colorado Poverty Law Project steps in

Relief came just before the eleventh hour for tenants at the Clarkson Lodge, many of whom had been preparing to move out with short notice.

On Feb. 28, renters at the Clarkson Lodge told Denver7 they'd been informed the building was sold, and they'd have to be moved out by March 14. The Lodge is a boarding house in Denver's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

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Colorado Is One of the Worst States for Renters, but Is It Getting Better?

“Colorado is one of the worst states in the country for renters,” state Representative Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez pronounced during a legislative hearing this past session. “This was a problem before COVID, but the pandemic has made this problem worse and brought them into the spotlight."

In a November survey, ServiceMaster focused on tenant and landlord relationships in every state. It reported that more than half — 57 percent — of renters in Colorado believe that landlord-tenant laws are stacked against them.

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These Colorado mobile home residents tried twice to buy their park. Will the third time be the charm?

When Ken Erwin first heard about efforts this past summer among his fellow homeowners to purchase their Golden mobile home park, he counted himself skeptical.

Golden Hills’ new cooperative members weren’t business people, he thought. They don’t know how to run a park.

After the park’s owners rebuffed the residents twice in their attempt to buy Golden Hills, they ended up selling to Harmony Communities, a California-based corporation that operates 33 parks across the western U.S.

Erwin, who managed Golden Hills under its previous owner for more than two decades, thought Harmony would be solid owners, a company that billed itself as “family oriented,” he said.

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Veteran Housing Bill

Veterans and service members, who have sacrificed so much for the wellbeing of their country, should not be denied housing because a landlord harbors unfounded prejudices. Colorado Poverty Law Project is excited to work with Representative Ortiz on legislation in 2022 to ensure that this doesn't happen in Colorado. Read our full press release here and please contact us at jack@copovertylawproject.org if you would like to lend support

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Predatory towing rampant at Colorado mobile home parks, residents say

The experiences in Berkeley Village are hardly exceptions for mobile home residents across the Front Range. Towing companies have been running wild in those communities for years, homeowners and housing advocates said, towing cars for minor violations or, sometimes, for no explicit reason. Lawmakers are hoping a beefed-up towing task force will more closely regulate these companies — and further legislation may be on the way.

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Mint Urban Infinity Tenants Ready to Fight Landlord in Court

Disabled tenants can file an accessibility complaint with the Denver Division of Disability Rights, and rental assistance programs can assist tenants facing eviction or struggling financially. Nonprofits like the Denver Metro Fair Housing Center, 9to5 Colorado and the Colorado Poverty Law Project assist renters with finding financial and legal resources, but they can't keep up with demand. And without legal representation, renters are far outmatched by unresponsive landlords.

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These mobile home residents filed complaints to Colorado’s new oversight program. Months later, they’re still waiting.

As of last week, 288 complaints had been filed to the state since May 2020 — and 241 remained open

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Paying the price: Renters facing eviction must self-advocate to receive help, still loopholes persist

“We are seeing tons of folks who don’t know about the protections or that they have to sign a declaration to evoke the protections,” MacKenzie told the Denver VOICE in an emailed statement.

Since Colorado’s protections ended, MacKenzie said the courts that once dismissed eviction holdover cases are now ushering them through. She has also seen cases where tenants obtain rental assistance, pay their landlord back and future rent, and still have eviction proceedings filed against them by landlords.

One way to stem the impending flow of evictions would be to implement protections for apartment lease holdovers similar to those afforded to mobile home residents, MacKenzie added. However, Colorado’s political climate makes it difficult to imagine a path forward for this kind of legislation.

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Lawsuit over Park Hill homeless camp dismissed; city board to hear appeal – Denver, Colorado

A lawsuit filed by five Parkhill homeowners over a proposal for a homeless camp approved by a neighboring city was dismissed Wednesday afternoon as plaintiffs moved to another location to stop it.

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Colorado Lawyer Jan 2019: Colorado Poverty
Law Project - Providing Hope for the Defenseless and Oppressed

On June 6, 1966, Senator Robert F. Kennedy spoke at South Africa’s University of Cape Town and said,
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” Perhaps recognizing the ripple of hope that is created when individuals fight for the defenseless, the Colorado Supreme Court Oath of Admission asks future attorneys to swear to “use their knowledge for the betterment of society and the improvement of the legal
system” and to “never reject... the cause of the defenseless or oppressed.”