Discussion About Housing in Colorado
COMMITTEE ON JOINT LOCAL GOVERNMENT
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02:02 PM -- Discussion About Housing in Colorado
The committee was called to order. A quorum was present. Ms. Alana Smart, Executive Director, Housing Colorado, gave an overview of the function of her organization. Committee members received a Housing Colorado facts book (Attachment A) and an overview of new federal funding streams for housing (Attachment B), both prepared by Housing Colorado. Ms. Smart said that working families now spend, on average, 59 percent of their household income for combined housing and transportation costs. She said Housing Colorado is committed to securing adequate, reliable funding for affordable housing. Ms. Smart discussed upcoming legislation that her organization supports. She then explained a new source of federal funding available for affordable housing. Ms. Smart addressed questions about federal funding for housing in Colorado.
Ms. Meghan Pfanstiel, Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Home Association (RMHA), explained that her organization represents manufactured housing interests in Colorado. Committee members received a packet of information about housing in Colorado, prepared by RMHA (Attachment C). Ms. Pfanstiel said that in 2007, Colorado was one of the top ten states for total modular home sales in the country. Ms. Pfanstiel explained the difference between a manufactured home and a modular home. She continued by describing different aspects of the housing industry. She explained that her organization is concerned with landlord-tenant issues. Senator Schwartz expressed her support of the modular and manufactured home industry, particularly for mountain and rural communities.