Colorado must act fast to keep families in their homes as eviction crisis looms
Millions of families are at risk of being evicted right now due to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Colorado and across the country. According to research from the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project (CEDP) and the Aspen Institute, about 20 million renters nationwide could face eviction by the end of September.
In Colorado, CEDP estimates that more than 390,000 renters are at risk of eviction by Sept. 30. Gov. Jared Polis has issued executive orders in the past few months that have helped keep families in their homes during the pandemic. However, the current executive order, which provides certain protections for renters, expires on Monday. A number of advocates, including the Children’s Campaign, signed onto a letter urging Gov. Polis to extend and expand protections for renters as Colorado continues to grapple with the health and economic crisis of COVID-19.
Even prior to the pandemic, families with children were more likely to face eviction than other groups. In addition, prior to COVID-19, three out of 10 Colorado kids lived in a household with a high housing cost burden, which means their family were spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing expenses. One in 10 Colorado kids lived in crowded housing, where there is often no quiet place to read, color, or do homework. And 22,217 students in Colorado were experiencing homelessness during the 2018-2019 school year.
It is critical for policy makers to act immediately to address the anticipated wave of evictions coming, and to keep Colorado families housed. Kids and families cannot stay safe and healthy without a home.
If you are struggling to pay rent or facing eviction, or if you’d like to volunteer to help keep Colorado families in their homes, visit the CEDP website for information