Aldo Svaldi with the Denver Post reports that the metro housing market is tight, so tight that advocates and case workers cannot get those who are homeless off the streets and under a roof, despite millions of dollars in government vouchers to do so. Svaldi calls it a scarcity of affordable apartments, and quotes the executive director of the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative: "We are having a hard time already trying to house people."
There are a number of factors involved in this story, but the director's use of the word "already" primarily refers to the tight housing market, both in urban Denver and surrounding suburbs, with rents rising at a steady pace. In general, real estate development in Colorado seems as though it cannot happen fast enough, which might be contributing to the overall problem.
On top of that, landlords aren't always willing to accept the perceived risks of housing those who come from the homeless population, or need assistance in mitigating those risks. At Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C., a significant part of our practice involves representing and defending real estate businesses, including landlords, in cases involving fair housing law and other real estate matters. If you have a problem or concern that is in any way related to the issues Svaldi raises in his report, feel free to call us at 303-416-5457 for a consultation.