DENVER, CO - The House today passed a bill that would create more affordable places to live. SB23-001 passed by a vote of 50 to 15.
“Public-private partnerships not only increase the supply of housing that works for all budgets, but they also create more good-paying construction jobs,” said Rep. Shannon Bird, D-Westminster. “We need all hands on deck to address Colorado’s housing crisis, and this is one of many approaches that we’re taking to tackle housing insecurity and create more options that Coloradans can afford.”
“Colorado mountain towns are becoming increasingly difficult to afford for educators, construction workers, and everyone in between,” said Rep. Meghan Lukens, D-Steamboat Springs. “Land costs make up a large portion of the cost of housing, and this bill will make it easier to build housing that Coloradans can afford on state-owned land, helping us retain our workforce and boosting local economies.”
SB23-001 would provide $13 million in funding for public-private partnership projects managed by the Public-Private Collaboration Unit within the Department of Personnel Administration to help develop affordable affordable housing on state-owned land so that Colorado workers like teachers and nurses can find housing that fits their budget. SB23-001 builds on work from previous sessions, including HB21-1274 and SB22-130, regarding the inventory of underutilized properties and state-owned land.