- Michael de Yoanna
- Deborah Grigsby
- Lisa Schlichtman
- Thelma Grimes
- Kristen Fiore
- Scott Taylor
- Christine Steadman
- Scott Gilbert
- Ellis Arnold
- Deb Hurley Brobst
- Rylee Dunn
- Andrew Fraieli
- McKenna Harford
- Nina Joss
- Haley Lena
- Olivia Love
- Leah Neu
- Tayler Shaw
- Robert Tann
- Belen Ward
- Ellliott Wenzler
- Corinne Westeman
- Ben Wiebesiek
- Luke Zarzecki
People across the metro area are struggling to afford a place to live. Minimum wage earners might spend upwards of 60% of their paychecks on rent. Many Millennials, now entering their 40s, have accumulated less wealth than prior generations and are struggling to find a first home they can afford. At the same time, those who might sell, Baby Boomers, are prone to hold onto their homes, unable to downsize in the supercharged market.
These and other factors, including homelessness, a history of racial disparities where 71% of white Coloradans own homes but only 42% of Black Coloradans do, and a slow down in building that began more than a decade ago during the Great Recession, add up to constitute what some experts call a crisis in housing affordability and availability.
Over the last six months, two dozen journalists, editors and staff at Colorado Community Media worked to answer questions on why this is happening, how we got here and what the solutions are.
The work to find the answers carried our journalists along the Front Range, to talk to mayors, housing authorities, experts and, most importantly, lower- and middle-class families experiencing the crisis first hand.
Our reporters and editors also held focus groups, talking directly to prospective homebuyers, like the single mom worried that another rent increase could land her in her car and the real estate agent who understood the problems but worried about a lack of solutions.
Over the next four weeks, Colorado Community Media provides an in-depth look at how the current crisis impacts our communities. In Week 1, The Long Way Home breaks down how we got here. On Week 4, we look at how local, state and federal governments are investing millions of dollars into a range of possible solutions – from helping the homeless to affordable housing programs.
WEEK ONE: HOW WE GOT HERE
The perfect storm: Many factors led to today’s housing crisis
Low rate of pay: How minimum wages are failing to keep pace with housing costs
WEEK TWO: THE OBSTACLES TO THE AMERICAN DREAM
Racial inequities: Black Coloradans often face barriers in homeownership
A Look at the suburbs: Map experts dig for roots of racial separation in metro Denver neighborhoods
A new vision: American dream changing for some Coloradans
WEEK THREE: THE MOST VULNERABLE IN THE HOUSING CRISIS
The cost of housing: High home prices, lack of supply sever metro residents from communities
The voucher system: The difficulties of using housing choice vouchers
WEEK FOUR: THE SEARCH FOR SOLUTIONS
The missing middle: Cities where six-figure salaries can’t buy homes
Metro growth: Climate concerns are hidden cost of urban sprawl
A tiny home: The battle in Colorado began with a bill
Fighting the odds: Woman goes from being homeless to an apartment