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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Zornio: Colorado renters need better protections and more enforcement

The Marshall fire underscores the need for stronger efforts toward fair, safe and equitable housing. It's best for landlords and tenants alike.

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Colorado tried to protect people who live in mobile home parks. A Gunnison community fell through the cracks.

The new owner of the renamed Ski Town Village hasn’t filled the potholes, cut the trees that threaten to fall on homes, or fixed the spotty water supply. But he has raised rents by 73%.

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What State Leaders & Community Advocates Are Saying about New Laws Making Communities More Affordable, Expanding Access to Critical Behavioral Health Support

Today, in Fort Collins, Boulder, and Greeley, Governor Jared Polis joined bill sponsors and community leaders in housing, and behavioral health care providers to sign legislation saving Coloradans money on housing and critical behavioral health support, while cutting red tape to ensure Coloradans continue to receive high-quality, efficient services.

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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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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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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.