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House approves three bills to increase access to affordable housing

Posted at 12:43 PM, Apr 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-22 14:43:14-04

DENVER – The House approved three bills Monday that would increase access to affordable housing across the state.

HB19-1309 provides protection for mobile home owners in several ways.

The bill would grant counties the power to enact certain ordinances for mobile home parks, extend the time a homeowner has to vacate after receiving an eviction notice from 48 hours to 30 days and extends the time to make a late payment on rent from five to ten days.

HB19-1309 also creates the “Mobile Home Park Dispute Resolution and Enforcement Program” that authorizes the division of housing of the department of local affairs to do several different things such as collect registration fees from mobile home parks and take complaints, conduct investigations, impose penalties, etc.

The bill passed on a final vote of 41-23.

The House also passed HB19-1245 that would contribute more funding to the Housing Development Grant Fund that could be used to improve, preserve, or expand the supply of affordable housing in Colorado.

“This bill is a significant and meaningful approach to address the state’s affordable housing crisis,” Representative Mike Weissman, D-Aurora, said. “Housing can strengthen a person’s ability to support a family, maintain a job and live a healthy life. This bill is a calibrated approach that would benefit all of Coloradans- especially our most vulnerable families and individuals.”

Under current law, a business can keep 3.3% of sales tax collected for administration purposes. With this new bill, vendors can retain up to four percent of the vendor fees up to a $1,000 monthly cap.

This change will result in roughly $23 million in revenue in the first year and would invest $45-50 million per year afterward.

A third of these funds would be used to provide affordable housing to low-income families.

HB19-1245 passed by a final vote of 36-28. It now heads to the Senate.

Finally, the House approved a bipartisan bill that would create incentives to assist land developers in providing affordable housing statewide, and also identify undeveloped land owned by the state that could be used for affordable housing purposes.

This bill passed with a bipartisan vote of 63-1 and is headed to the Senate.