Take Action to keep Colorado families housed!

Written by: Sarah Barnes
Date Posted: July 31, 2020

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. Gov. Polis extended the latest executive order until August 11, which gives renters an extra 20 days to cure unpaid rent.  

However, Colorado still lacks an eviction moratorium to keep Coloradans housed during the unprecedented crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Colorado currently has some of the weakest eviction protections in the country. In contrast, Florida has a moratorium on evictions until September and Arizona, Washington, and Oregon all have eviction moratoriums lasting into October 

Rent is due again, and this time thousands of Coloradans won’t have access to enhanced unemployment insurance or federal protections from evictions. Without urgent action, hundreds of thousands of Coloradans face homelessness.  

Please spread the word on social media or call the governor’s office to #KeepColoradansHoused. 

Here are some sample social media posts: 

  • Hundreds of thousands of Coloradans are unemployed. Expanded benefits expired this week and Colorado has no eviction moratorium. @govofco we need you to step up to protect Colorado families from homelessness in the middle of a pandemic. Follow the lead of AZ and OR and #StopEviction #KeepColoradansHoused.  
  • Taking the pandemic seriously means keeping people housed. You cannot be #SaferAtHome without a home. @GovofCO stop evictions. #StopEvictions #keepcoloradanshoused 
  • The last thing people should be worried about right now is losing their home because they can’t pay rent. Coloradans need homes to be #SaferAtHome. Students need homes to attend school. @govofco please follow the lead of @GovInslee, @DougDucey and @KateBrownOR. #StopEvictions #KeepColoradansHoused.  
  • Rent is due again today. And this time thousands of Coloradans have lost access to federal unemployment insurance and eviction protections. We need @GovOfCo to take action to #KeepColoradansHoused now more than ever.  

Thank you for speaking up to keep Colorado families housed! 

Sarah Barnes

About Sarah Barnes

Sarah serves as the Manager of Special Policy Initiatives for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she works across the organization and with external stakeholders to develop and oversee the implementation of the Campaign’s engagement on strategic policy priorities Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, Sarah taught middle school English and worked as an Interventionist at Pioneer Charter School in Denver. She was a 2011 Teach For America corps member.