COLORADO – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brothers Redevelopment has teamed up with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and the Colorado Division of Housing for the launch of the new Housing Counseling Assistance Program.
By calling the state’s only centralized housing helpline, Colorado Housing Connects (1-844-926-6632), all Coloradans can be connected to local housing resources, including financial assistance to pay their rent and mortgage, or be put in touch with legal assistance to prevent a looming eviction. The program aims to prevent foreclosures by connecting homeowners to legal referrals, financial assistance, Brothers Redevelopment’s housing counseling services and by encouraging long-term sustainable housing solutions.
Funded by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, the program involves Brothers Redevelopment collaborating with numerous housing counseling and legal services in Colorado to assist residents with comprehensive housing counseling, housing navigation and eviction prevention.
The service is free to residents and operated through Colorado Housing Connects — a free centralized helpline ran by Brothers Redevelopment that helps residents navigate through non-emergency housing services and resources. Among those who are involved in the program include Boulder County, Douglas County Housing Partnership, NEWSED, Denver’s Southwest Improvement Council and others.
“Renters and homeowners in crisis often don’t know where the first place to start might be. As the state’s sole centralized housing resource, Colorado Housing Connects is a great first place to start to connect you with the resources to help with eviction and foreclosure prevention in the spirit of keeping people housed,” said Colorado Housing Connects Manager Patrick Noonan.
In 2006, Brothers Redevelopment was selected by the Colorado Division of Housing to manage the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline at 1-877-601-HOPE. As the nonprofit recognized a need for rental assistance, Brothers Redevelopment expanded the service in 2014 to cover all housing topics — leading to the launch of Colorado Housing Connects.
Colorado Housing Connects offers counseling services for renters looking to become homeowners, tenant and landlord laws and rights, eviction advice, mortgage payment issues and more. Additionally, the phoneline service is the spot to learn about programs offered by Brothers Redevelopment like its affordable communities, Home Modification and Repair Program, which repairs and rehabilitates homes for disabled and elderly homeowners, Landlords Opening Doors Program, a program that helps residents in transition recovering from health issues and leaving rehabilitation to find housing, and other Brothers Redevelopment services.
Since mid-March, 563,465 regular unemployment initial claims have been filed in the state according to data released on Oct. 1 by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Around 16% of Coloradans were considered housing insecure at the beginning of June, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
You can learn more about Colorado Housing Connects at coloradohousingconnects.org .
“It’s a great resource for residents of Colorado. With Brothers having a reputable name, we are the agency that can handle it,” said Colorado Housing Project Manager Enrica Bustos.