Thursday, June 25, 2009

DOLA at the DORA Housing Conference

The Department of Regulatory Agencies recently held an informational fair on housing issues at the Greeley Recreation Center. We were invited to attend, and joined DORA, FHA, Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Northern Colorado, and other agencies in providing information on programs and resources available to the public in northern Colorado.

Along with the Division of Real Estate, we provided a joint presentation on "Avoiding Foreclosure." [The sign is inaccurate. This was a presentation of DORA and DOLA staff.]

Our display at the event:

Since we were emphasizing services that served the public directly, we focused on the service as well as the online homeownership education program:

Free Grant-Writing Training

The U.S. Department of Housing and urban Development will conduct a grant writing training in Greeley, CO on July 15 and 16. This is a no-cost training to any interested organization that would be interested in attending this event. I have included the "You Are Invited" flyer below. Please share this information with any potential attendees. The electronic registration for this training is included in the flyer. Thank you in advance for your assistance. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


For faith-based and community based organizations

Conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

JULY 15-16, 2009

Finding and Writing Grants - Developing a program that will impress funders and win their support!

This workshop is designed for existing organizations that want to learn about accessing funding resources, and/or new organizations wanting information on: writing grant applications for public or private funding; developing and using logic models; and crafting a program plan that will ensure results. This workshop has been REVISED for this year. There will be extensive group interaction with hands-on activities.

Class will be conducted at:

Island Grove Events Center
425 North 15th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80631

July 15 Registration 8:30 am - 9:00 am MT
Class 9:00 am - 5:00 pm MT

July 16 Class 8:30 am - 4:30 pm MT

You must register for the session. All registered participants will be directed as to how to download the materials for the class.


Click here to register on-line:;=112&update;=N

Vacancies in rental houses inch up, but remain low

The full report is available here:

Vacancies in for-rent condos, single-family homes, and other small properties across metro Denver rose year-over-year to 3.6 percent during 2009’s first quarter. The vacancy rate was 2.7 percent during the same period last year, and was 4.9 percent during 2008’s fourth quarter. According to a report released Thursday by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs’ Division of Housing, vacancies across the region fell below 2008’s fourth quarter levels, but generally remain higher than last year’s first quarter rates.

The smallest overall vacancy rates were found in Douglas County and the Boulder/Broomfield area with rates of 2.4 percent and 2.1 percent respectively. The highest vacancy rates were in Adams County which reported an overall rate of 5.1 percent.

All counties reported decreases in the vacancy rate from the fourth quarter to the first quarter, but all areas except Adams County and the Boulder/Broomfield area reported higher vacancies during the first quarter of 2009 when compared to the same period last year.

Vacancy rates for all counties surveyed were: Adams, 5.1 percent; Arapahoe, 2.9 percent; Boulder/Broomfield, 2.1 percent; Denver, 4.0 percent; Douglas, 2.4 percent; and Jefferson, 3.8 percent.

In general, a vacancy rate of 5 percent is considered the “equilibrium” rate, and vacancy rates below 3 percent indicate a tight market.

According to the report, the metro-wide average rent increased to $1004.44 during the first quarter, up from $984.63 during the same period a year earlier. Since the fourth quarter of 2008, rents have risen from an average of $995.24.

Rents were highest in the Boulder/Broomfield area at $1392.43, and lowest in Denver County at $932.53. Comparing 2009’s first quarter rents to the same period last year, average rents increased in all areas except Arapahoe and Douglas Counties. Rents fell from the fourth quarter of last year to the first quarter of this year in Douglas County, Jefferson County, and in the Boulder/Broomfield area.

Average rents for all counties were: Adams, $1064.17; Arapahoe, $997.83; Boulder/Broomfield, $1392.43; Denver, $932.53; Douglas, $1374.94; and Jefferson, $980.60.

The Colorado Statewide Vacancy and Rent Study is released each quarter by the Colorado Division of Housing. The Report is available online at the Division of Housing web site:
The Colorado Vacancy and Rent Survey reports averages and, as a result, there are often differences in rental and vacancy rates by size, location, age of building, and apartment type.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Aurora's Neighborhood Stabilization Program is up and running

Aurora has been the first to finish purchasing and rehabilitating properties as part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The program is designed to help local governments rehabilitate and sell abandoned, foreclosed and vacancy properties as a part of neighborhood revitalization.

As part of our tour, we visited the four houses profiled below. Each was in different stages of rehabilitation. All of the houses were within 20 blocks or so of Downtown Aurora, where the tour originated at Colfax and Elmira.

The purchase price of homes paid by the city varies considerably from about $30,000 to about $130,000.

On Monday, June 15, the City of Aurora hosted a bus tour of properties rehabilitated and prepared for re-sale through the neighborhood stabilization program. Staff from the Department of local affairs attended including E.D. Susan Kirkpatrick, Acting Director of the Div. of Housing, Teresa Duran, and NSP program manager Lynn Shine. Mike Rosser of the State Housing Board also attended.

Click on each photo for the full-size version.

Our hosts were Joseph Garcia and the highly knowledgeable staff of the City of Aurora:

This first house was at at the 2300 block near the southern border of old Stapleton. It is a 3 bedroom, 1 bath house with a crawl space:

It has a garage behind:

Note the old interior that is to be rehabilitated:

Here's the bathroom that has been winterized:

Note that a new sewer line has been installed in the back as part of the rehabilitation:

The second house was also at the 2300 block near old Stapleton. It is also a 3 bedroom, 1 bath house with a crawl space:

A new sewer line has also been installed at this house:

This bathroom has also been winterized until construction can begin:

Some minor construction work has already begun:

This house on the 2000 block is already experiencing major construction. It is a 3bedroom, 1 bath with a fourth bedroom (or an office) on the back of the house. It also has a crawl space:

At this house, numerous old additions must be reworked to allow for the building to conform to code and to be marketable. A hallway must be constructed:

At left, you can see an old addition (in darker color) that was not built to code and will soon be removed.

This house at the 2200 block of Iola is finished and ready to be sold to pre-qualified buyers. It is a 5 bedroom, 2 bath house. The basement contains 2 of the bedrooms and the second bathroom:

The back door:

The newly built garage:

Both basement bedrooms now have egress windows like these:

The new kitchen and main floor bathroom:

This is just a portion of what the city has been working on. We hope to provide you more information as other cities and counties work on their own NSP projects.

---R McMaken

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The main web site is updated

All the vacancy and rent reports, plus the quarterly foreclosure reports, are current and updated on the web site.

See the web site's main research page:

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Having trouble finding something on our web site?

Are you have trouble finding something on our web site? The blog is here to help you.

Since the domain is very large and somewhat difficult to search, we've put together this blog to highlight items of interest and to help you find documents of interest and recently added information.

If you're on the Division of Housing blog now, look a little up and to the left. You should see a search field. Enter what you are looking for into the field, and click on "search blog." If what you're looking for has been mentioned on the blog, it should come up immediately.

For example, here are the results to a search of the words "vacancy" and "survey." --

So, if you can't find a document you recently heard about in the news, please be sure to check the blog, and you'll likely be able to find it quite quickly.

Also, at the bottom of each blog entry are the "labels." These labels include words like "foreclosures" or "vacancy surveys." Click on the label name and you'll be taken to all other blog entries that are filed under those labels.

Energy Outreach Colorado is now accepting applications for Energy Solutions Grants

Energy Outreach Colorado is now accepting applications for Energy Solutions Grants.

Energy Outreach Colorado is now accepting applications for Energy Solutions Grants. Energy Solutions Grants provide funds for energy efficiency upgrades that promote energy bill savings. The grants are available to low-income housing providers and organizations that serve low-income homeowners.

Typical grant candidates include: Organizations or projects that build new single family or multi-family dwellings; Organizations or projects that serve single family households based on a request, referral, or crisis intervention, and; Organizations, typically multi-family housing providers such as Housing Authorities or nonprofit housing providers.

This year, Energy Solutions Grants have additional requirements of Grant recipient organizations:

§ All Grant recipients are required to develop a client energy efficiency education plan. Education funds can also be used for Maintenance or Facility Manager training in place of client education.

§ Grant recipients are required to provide a 5% match to the TOTAL GRANT REQUEST. Eligible matches include but are not limited to: education outreach funded by the recipient; volunteer contributions; utility rebate and incentive programs; matching grants; and more.

§ Multi-family housing providers are required to participate in a new application process. EOC has created an energy audit assistance program where energy auditors will be assigned to Housing Provider Applicants to identify EEMs and assist with the Energy Solutions Grant application.

See attached documents below for full information and a schedule of the orientation conference calls.

ESG Announcement

Funding Criteria

Conference Call information

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Visit for more information.


DENVER -- Organizations are being sought to serve as Regional Coordinators of the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) administered by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). In cooperation with the State Housing Board and the Community and Interagency Council on Homelessness, Susan Kirkpatrick, Executive Director of DOLA, today announced the Request for Proposals (RFP) process has begun for HPRP. The program, established under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, will provide assistance and services that will prevent homelessness by quickly re-housing and stabilizing families.

The RFP process will help establish a contract with an organization to act as Regional Coordinator(s) for HPRP in each of three (3) Continuum of Care (CoC) regions in Colorado. Each Regional Coordinator will be responsible for the award and overall management of HPRP grants in its CoC region. Proposals may be submitted for one, two, or all three regions. The Department may select one Coordinator for all three regions, two Coordinators to manage the three regions (with one of the Coordinators managing two of the regions), or three Coordinators (one in each region).

If an organization thinks it might be interested in submitting a proposal, it will need to register with the State of Colorado's "BIDS" website. There is a fee of $40/year. All State of Colorado solicitations (RFPs, bid and quote requests) are posted on the BIDS website. BIDS is the only source to obtain solicitations and a bidder must be registered with BIDS for its proposal to be accepted. BIDS is located at: .

When ready to register, click "Register" at the top of the main page to begin the process. The "Frequently Asked Questions" link at the top of the main page also offers some useful information about BIDS.

About the RFP announcement, Kirkpatrick said, "This starts the important first step in getting HPRP funds into communities. As a department, we appreciate the privilege and opportunity to administer these dollars that will strengthen Colorado communities and help lead the state forward.

"Citizens who are either facing or currently experiencing homelessness can benefit from HPRP. Colorado has a strong, capable and innovative housing community ready to achieve the goals of this program."

To see the Request for Proposals (RFP) for HPRP Regional Coordinator notice and to register with the BIDs website, go to

Consumer Protection Fair in Greeley - June 23

We're partnering with the Department of Regulatory Agencies to bring you the following event in Northern Colorado:

Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Greeley Recreation Center
651 10th Avenue, Greeley

Click here for the flyer.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Workshops, Counseling & Resource Fair
(Meet with Housing & Credit Counselors, Civil Rights Experts, Insurance Specialists)
4-7 p.m. CBS4 & DORA Help Center Taking Your Financial Questions—
Call 1-888-246-9251 or 303-831-HELP (4357)
5-6:30 p.m. Civil Rights Forum
To RSVP or for more information, contact 303-894-5968

In partnership with:
Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet
Congresswoman Betsy Markey
State Senator Scott Renfroe
State Representative Jim Riesberg
Colorado Office of Economic Development
Colorado Department of Labor & Employment
Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Division of Housing
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
Colorado Foreclosure Hotline
Better Business Bureau, Northern Colorado
Greeley Chamber of Commerce
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northern Colorado
Weld County Foreclosure Prevention Coalition

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Now accepting proposals for DU's 2010 Land Use Conference

We've worked with the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute on a few projects, and we're pleased to note:



19th Annual Land Use Conference

“The New American Landscape”

Denver, Colorado, March 4 & 5, 2010

The deadline for submitting session proposals is Monday June 22, 2009

Please click here to submit a session proposal.

Job opening at Arapahoe House

Arapahoe House, Inc.

Fulltime position in Thornton, Monday through Friday. Individual will manage internal and external communications, public relations, and marketing with key stakeholders, the media and the community-at-large. Responsible for developing and implementing a strategic PR plan, overseeing agency website, creating and managing media lists, developing agency publications, and serving as the agency / community / media liaison. Requirements include Bachelor’s degree in related field (communications, public relations, marketing, or journalism), a minimum of 2 years related experience (communications, public relations), or equivalent combination of education and experience. Requires publicity experience, advanced knowledge of website maintenance (including HTML and web-based tools and processes), and excellent presentation, written and interpersonal skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite is required. Experience with Raiser’s Edge is a plus. Ability to travel locally and work occasionally on evenings or weekends is required.

Arapahoe House is a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing a continuum of accessible, effective and affordable services to individuals and families with alcohol, drug or other behavioral health problems. For more info about our agency, visit our website at


Please be sure to indicate the position you're applying for Communications Officer

Submit your resume and letter of interest to:

[email protected]

fax 303-412-3339

Arapahoe House
Attn Recruiter
8801 Lipan
Thornton, CO 80260
Arapahoe House is an EOE.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Request for Proposals (RFP) for NCST Acquisition Coordinator

Request for Proposals (RFP) for NCST Acquisition Coordinator

The Colorado Division of Housing (CDOH) has issued, on May 15, 2009, a Request for Proposals (RFP) to contract with an agent or "lead contact" to coordinate the acquisition or transfer of Real Estate Owned (REO) properties which are available through the National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST), from lenders, investors, and Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) to state and local governments, in order to facilitate the return of foreclosed properties to rental and ownership housing for low-, moderate-, and middle-income families.

The selected organization must have knowledge and experience with Colorado real estate practices and Colorado Real Estate Law; must have the legal authority and ability to contract for properties, to take ownership of properties, and to transfer ownership of properties; must have experience with HUD programs in general and, specifically, with HUD Environmental Regulations; and must have knowledge of appraisals and BPOs. The selected organization shall also have excellent skills in collaborating and coordinating across a wide range of stakeholders.

Please note that questions regarding the RFP documents are due by Friday, May 29, and proposals are due by Monday, June 15.

If an organization thinks it might be interested in submitting a proposal, it will need to register with our state's "BIDS" website. There is a fee of $40/year. All State of Colorado solicitations (RFPs, bid and quote requests) are posted on the BIDS website. BIDS is the only source to obtain solicitations and a bidder must be registered with BIDS for its proposal to be accepted. BIDS is located at: When you're ready to register, click "Register" at the top of the main page to begin the process. The "Frequently Asked Questions" link at the top of the main page also offers some useful information about BIDS.

To navigate to the RFP, scroll down to "Real Estate Services" in the list of categories that appears on the BIDS main page and click on the blue arrow immediately to the left of that category. That opens a drop down list of the currently open solicitations related to training services. Click on the Solicitation Number DOLAJC0905NCSTCOORD and that will open the notification page for this RFP. Those of you that are registered will then be able to view the complete RFP documents that are attached at the bottom, by clicking on the "Vendors Click Here to Login" button. That will make the attachment links visible at the bottom of the page, which can then be opened.

Jim Coghlan (contact info below) is the SOLE point of contact regarding this RFP.

You should begin the registration process soon to be sure you'll have time to review the RFP, to submit questions, and to prepare a high-quality proposal.

Thank you in advance for your interest!

Jim Coghlan, Purchasing Agent
Colorado Department of Local Affairs
Division of Housing
1313 Sherman Street, 3rd Floor
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: (303) 866-3772
Fax: (303) 866-4077
E-mail: [email protected]

Friday, June 5, 2009

Updated powerpoint presentation on stimulus packages in Colorado

Here is the presentation provided by Teresa Duran to the Rocky Mountain Home Association's annual conference in Vail.

The presentation covers allocations of funds, timelines, and other helpful information on both the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and the programs attached to the ARRA stimulus package.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Building Rural Communities through CHDOs

The Housing Assistance Council and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Affordable Housing Programs invite you to participate in Building Rural Communities through CHDOs on June 25, 2009 in Colorado Springs, CO.

This one day training on Becoming A High Performing CHDO will help CHDO staff navigate their way to success in a changing environment that is placing increasing pressure to perform in the HOME program. It will also assist potential CHDOs to understand the environment in which they will be operating and the expectations that accompany the CHDO designation.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to increase your organization's knowledge and enhance your partnerships through the networking opportunities this workshop will provide. For additional information or to register online visit,



BUILDING RURAL COMMUNITIES THROUGH CHDOS is presented by the Housing Assistance Council and sponsored by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Affordable Housing Programs.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Training: HOME Financing of Homebuyers Under Current Market Conditions

COSCDA and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Present

"Fitting the Pieces Together: HOME Financing of Homebuyers Under Current Market Conditions"

June 10-11, 2009

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Colorado Division of Emergency Management
9195 East Mineral Avenue, Room EOC
Centennial, Colorado

No Registration Fee

Despite the recent upheaval in the housing market, the need for homeownership opportunities continues. The HOME program is an invaluable tool for state and local Participating Jurisdictions (PJs) interested in providing affordable homeownership. Effective HOME-funded homebuyer programs can be designed as win-win partnerships with the private sector, to meet the needs of the HOME-assisted buyer.

This two-day course is designed to provide an understanding of the complexities of underwriting and lending for homeownership and how best to use HOME program resources for that purpose. The course emphasizes solid PJ underwriting and focuses on market analysis, foreclosure intervention, prevention and sustainability.

The course will be taught by Monte Franke, an experienced trainer with particular expertise in the HOME program and in underwriting.

Fitting the Pieces Together is available, free of charge, to all state and local HOME PJs and state HOME program grantees.

Space is limited---register today!

For more information, contact:

Colleen Grogan Moore
Director of Community and Economic Development Programs
Council of State Community Development Agencies
1825 K Street, N.W., Suite 515
Washington, D.C. 20006

Monday, June 1, 2009

Opportunity Fair in Denver, June 2


Tuesday, June 2nd
5 to 7 PM
East Side of the State Capitol

Gov. Bill Ritter, state agencies, nonprofits, and other service providers
will host a free help and opportunity fair for working families

The Colorado Foreclosure Hotline will be there also.

Click here for the flyer in PDF format.

Prime Mortgages Dominate Workout Efforts

While the early days of the current foreclosure cycle were dominated by sub-prime mortgages, prime mortgages are now the most common type of loan being seen by workout experts.

We're seeing this in Colorado also where prime loans have become much more common among borrowers calling the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline.

According to

Mortgage industry professionals saw a record number of mortgages enter some form of workout plan in April as foreclosure moratoriums at government-sponsored enterprises began to expire.

Prime mortgages now account for more than half of the industry’s efforts.

The mortgage industry modified 127,000 mortgages in April, down from 133,910 a month earlier. With another 142,831 mortgages in repayment plans, the industry put a record 269,831 mortgages in workout during the month, according to a survey conducted by HOPE NOW, the alliance of mortgage industry professionals.

See full article.