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Housing’s Impact on Local Government Finance


In partnership with the Colorado Futures Center at Colorado State University, Shift released a case study exploring how Adams County local government is being fiscally impacted by, and is attempting to deal with, its increasing number of housing-challenged residents. The report received significant media attention, including a front-page article on affordable housing in the Denver Post, and the data assembled to better understand Colorado’s affordable housing inventory was used by the Colorado General Assembly’s Joint Budget Committee to help ensure the legislature did not cut funding for housing. After viewing the Adams County study, a group of elected officials commissioned Shift to replicate this research for additional counties, including El Paso, Jefferson, La Plata, Mesa and Weld. A condensed overview of the Adams County case study is available here

Driving Social Change

As more more Colorado households at every income level struggle to afford housing, these reports attempt to better understand the fiscal impact the decline in affordable housing is having on local governments across the state, providing insight into how governments can allocate precious dollars more effectively.

Key Findings

$170 million

additional dollars spent on housing that could otherwise go to taxable goods in Adams County

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