Pikes Peak Housing Network

The Voice and Action of Housing Affordability in the Pikes Peak Region

About

Our mission is to foster innovative and collaborative solutions that advance housing affordability, access, and production in the Pikes Peak Region.

Our guiding principles are: 

  1. PPHN will promote a regional culture that values affordable and attainable housing, diverse housing types, a stable workforce, and the foundation for individuals and families to thrive. 
  2. PPHN will unite an ongoing broad-based coalition of partners from businesses, nonprofits, real estate, and government that have diverse perspectives and interests to promote enduring solutions to housing needs across all income levels. 
  3. PPHN will provide, and be guided by, research, data, and best practices to inform effective decision-making 
  4. PPHN will advocate for affordable and attainable housing policies and solutions that increase housing stock throughout the Pikes Peak Region and where it is most needed. 
  5. Through education, PPHN will build regional capacity and experiences around best practices, neighborhood planning strategies, real estate options, and housing finance. 
  6. PPHN will confront social, economic, and racial housing practices that are discriminatory and result in segregation or disenfranchisement. 

 To learn more about the Pikes Peak Housing Network, visit here. 

 

Why?

Of the 306,164 households in El Paso and Teller County

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HOUSEHOLDS ARE EXTREMELY-LOW INCOME EARNING LESS THAN $24,720

27,286 OF THESE HOUSEHOLDS (90%) ARE COST-BURDENED 

24,725 OF HOUSEHOLDS (82%) ARE PAYING MORE THAN HALF OF THEIR INCOME ON HOUSING. 

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HOUSEHOLDS ARE VERY LOW INCOME EARNING LESS THAN $49,440

23,509 OF THESE HOUSEHOLDS (76%) ARE COST-BURDENED 

15,620 OF HOUSEHOLDS (50%) ARE PAYING MORE THAN HALF OF THEIR INCOME ON HOUSING. 

Analysis prepared by the City of Colorado Springs Community Development Division based on U.S. Census Bureau, 2021 (click here for additional information)

the need

Housing affordability (rental and ownership) has a direct impact on the social, economic and environmental health of our community. 
Socially, housing affordability has an undeserved stigma. Many people think housing affordability refers to large public housing projects from the 1950s and 1960s.
In reality, housing affordability in the Pikes Peak Region of Colorado must take many forms, integrating within neighborhoods to accommodate diverse needs and support each individual’s well-being.

Economically, the more a household has to spend on housing the less money they have to spend on other products and services that contribute to their quality of life and support the entire community.

Housing costs typically take precedence over other staples such as food, transportation and medical care. These factors lead to less community prosperity and individual wellness and increase trauma. Ultimately, this downward spiral leads to less stable housing conditions, workforce, families and neighborhoods.

From an environmental perspective, a lack of housing ability options pushes our community members to housing further from where they work. This creates congestion on our roads and increased pollution, which damages the environment that the Pikes Peak Region cherishes.

Especially in this pandemic era, the Pikes Peak Region must intentionally pursue a healthier community for all its residents through policies to ensure that people from all walks of life can find an affordable, quality place to live.

 

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Note: Pikes Peak Housing Network is previously known as the Affordable Housing Collaborative. 

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