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Housing & Our Community

Colorado Housing Quarterly Update

Colorado Housing Quarterly Update

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The cost of housing in Colorado—and particularly the Denver metro area—has made the state an increasingly expensive place to live. Since 2015, the price of housing in metro Denver has exceeded the U.S. average, hindering its regional competitiveness.

Fentanyl’s Increasing Toll on the Colorado Economy

Fentanyl’s Increasing Toll on the Colorado Economy

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Although the Opioid Crisis has been an ongoing public health issue since the late 1990’s, Colorado’s policymakers, law enforcement, district attorneys, addiction rehab advocates, and researchers have recently narrowed their focus on Schedule II Controlled Substances and more specifically, fentanyl.

Colorado Housing Affordability Trends

Colorado Housing Affordability Trends

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Colorado is an increasingly expensive place to live. Housing prices are surging, and affordability is decreasing. Though there has been a recent increase in building permits, the current housing supply shortage is so large that the increased construction of new homes must be sustained for years, if not increased, to overcome the shortage.

The Economic Footprint of Homelessness in Metro Denver

The Economic Footprint of Homelessness in Metro Denver

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Common Sense Institute has partnered with several local organizations and leaders to conduct a three-phase project to understand the many challenges and types of homelessness. This is Phase one of this project and is focused on the current resources dedicated to the homeless in Metro Denver.

Homelessness Ecosystem Analysis Phase 2

Homelessness Ecosystem Analysis Phase 2

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Homelessness is a visible outcome of a system that does not consistently work for everyone. This report is the result of efforts to understand the systemic factors that impact homelessness in the Metropolitan Denver area through a human-centered systems design lens.