Friday, May 30, 2014

News Digest, May 30

Study: Affordable housing situation getting worse in Colorado Springs area
El Paso County's affordable housing shortage should near 19,900 units by 2019 - a gap most likely to affect the county's poorest residents and middle-class earners, a new housing assessment has found. + captio A low vacancy rate for both rentals and homes for purchase, poor earnings and a disproportionate number of new high-end units in El Paso County are largely to blame, according to the preliminary results of a report on the region's affordable housing stock, which was commissioned by Colorado Springs and the county.

Challenge to affordable housing rules is dropped A California businessman who owns numerous rental units in Aspen on Wednesday dismissed his lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of local affordable housing regulations, ending a six-year legal battle.

Colorado Springs puts plans for a homeless day center on hold for the short-term Creation of a homeless day center in Colorado Springs will be delayed up to a year amid concerns that nonprofits need more time and flexibility to embark on the project, a Colorado Springs official said this week. The project's delay marks the first setback to Mayor Steve Bach's initiative to end homelessness, affecting one of the more popular aspects of the six-point plan he announced in late January. But two nonprofit leaders also said it signaled a greater willingness by the city to listen to their suggestions, rather than rush to an uneducated, one-size-fits-all approach.