Housing and Health
Housing is closely linked to well-being. The affordability, stability, quality, and accessibility of a home all affect a person’s health. But in recent years, Colorado’s booming economy has led to limited housing supplies, leaving some residents unable to afford their homes.
In 2019, 6.7 percent of Coloradans worried that they would not have stable housing in the next two months. Just 55.9 percent of those who are concerned about housing reported good health, compared with 87.7 of those who are not concerned about housing. And the burden is disproportionately borne by those with fewer resources.
Among Coloradans in poverty, more than one in eight (12.8 percent) are worried about housing stability, compared with 2.5 percent of those making more than 400 percent of the federal poverty level.
Policy: Increases in the supply of affordable housing can decrease rates of housing instability. House Bill 19-1322 transfers money from the Unclaimed Property Trust Fund to provide affordable housing support for those in need. More legislation related to housing is expected in the 2020 session.
Data: Nearly one in 10 Hispanic/Latinx Coloradans (9.7 percent) worry about having stable housing in the next two months, compared with just 5.9 percent of white (non-Hispanic/Latinx) Coloradans. Denver has among the highest rates of displacement due to gentrification of Hispanic and Latinx Coloradans of any city in the U.S.