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Save the date: Next Forum Monday, November 15th, 2021, 1:30-3:00 MST

“The Right to Vote: Colorado and the National Context”

SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED

WHEN:  Monday, November 15th, 1:30 – 3:00pm, Mountain Time

WHERE: Zoom Online – Free, but preregistration required

Sponsored by the Ethics and Ecological Economics (EEE) Forum

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The right to vote is being challenged on several fronts across the nation, including:

–restrictions on opportunities to register to vote and to cast ballots

–long lines and intimidating practices at polling places

–growing politicization of vote-counting and auditing

–unlawful voter purges

–gerrymandering

–inadequate campaign financial reform

Guiding Questions for our 90-minute session:

·      What is the scope of voter suppression and disenfranchisement across America?

·      What is the status of pending federal legislation to address the right to vote?

·      What is the history of the right to vote in Colorado? What challenges remain?

·      What actions can citizens take to protect and expand the right to vote?

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Held on Monday, October 18th, 2021

“How Spend $500 Million from Coronavirus Funds for Colorado Housing Needs?”

The Honorable Steven Woodrow, State Representative (District 6),
Colorado General Assembly

Alison George, Housing Director
Colorado Division of Housing, Colorado Dept. of Local Affairs

 Cathy Alderman, Chief Communications & Public Policy Officer,
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

Steven Cordova, Executive Director, Total Concept

Steven Woodrow Alison George Cathy Alderman Steven Cordova

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State legislation was enacted earlier this year that outlines the process for allocating more than $500 million in federal coronavirus funds “for programs or services that address housing insecurity, lack of affordable and workforce housing, or homelessness . . .” House Bill 1329 has already allocated approximately $100 million to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs for use by the Division of Housing in the current fiscal year 2021-22. Allocating the remaining $400 million will be taken up by the legislature, beginning in January.

This legislation calls for the creation of a task force “to meet during the 2021 interim and issue a report with recommendations to the general assembly and the governor on policies to create transformative change in the area of housing using money the state receives from the federal coronavirus state fiscal recovery fund . . .” In July, a bipartisan group of 10 legislators was appointed, including Steven Woodrow, one of the four prime sponsors of House Bill 1329. Six leaders from three key state agencies were also appointed to serve, including Alison George.

Three important highlights of House Bill 1329: First, the task force is to focus on housing policies—not drafting legislation: “The task force shall not submit bill drafts as part of their recommendations.” Second, the 2022 legislature “ shall also review recommendations for such policies submitted by the strategic housing working group [SHWG] assembled by the department and the state housing board . . .” The SHWG’s 59-page final report, Affordable Housing Policy Recommendations, was released in July. And third, the House Bill allows the task force to “create working groups to assist them.” In July, legislative leaders appointed 15 members to the Affordable Housing Transformational Task Force Subpanel. Cathy Alderman serves as the Vice chair of the Subpanel. Steven Cordova served on the Strategic Housing Working Group and is a member of the Affordable Housing Task Force Subpanel.

More about our speakers . . .

On February 4th this year, Denver attorney Steven Woodrow was appointed to the Colorado House of Representatives seat representing the 6th district, following the resignation of Chris Hansen to fill Lois Court’s vacancy in the Colorado Senate. Rep. Woodrow is one of the four prime co-sponsors of HB 21-1329. He also co-sponsored another bill that expands those who are eligible to benefit from the rental assistance and tenancy support programs to include individuals experiencing homelessness. In addition to his consumer law practice, Woodrow finds time to coach flag football at South High School on Sundays.

Alison George is the state director of housing, serving the Colorado Division of Housing (DOH) in the Department of Local Affairs, where she directs all DOH programs, ranging from statewide housing voucher programs and manufactured housing code and mobile home park regulatory oversight, to Federal and State funding for constructing new affordable housing. Before joining DOH, Alison served Mercy Housing Colorado as its Regional VP of Multifamily Housing and the Michaels Development Company as its VP of Development, overseeing housing development in Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Cathy Alderman is the Chief Communications and Public Policy Officer for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) and oversees the Education and Advocacy Team. During her five years at CCH, she has successfully advocated for state and local housing resources—resulting in first time housing and homelessness investments by both Denver and Colorado state government. Before joining CCH, Cathy served as the Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) and the PPRM Action Fund—overseeing policy, political, and community engagement work for a four-state region.

Steven Cordova serves as Executive Director of Total Concept, a nonprofit organization providing housing and community development in over 20 Colorado counties, primarily in southeastern Colorado. Under Cordova’s leadership since 2010, Total Concept has grown significantly in its Housing Services, apartment units, geographical service area, and staff.  Prior to Total Concept, Steve was the CFO for thirteen years of a Behavioral Health Group, Administrative Services Director for a Community Health Center, and at a CPA firm for over 5 years. He is dedicated to community engagement by serving on several boards for local, state, and national organizations. 

VIDEO recording forthcoming https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkN0AvL6eKs
Presentation slides:

  • Rep. Steven Woodrow: Affordable Housing for all Coloradans (click here)
  • Alison George: DOLAs Division of Housing, Federal and State Stimulus Funds (click here)
  • Cathy Alderman: SubPanel to the Affordable Housing Transformational Task Force (click here)
  • Steven Cordova: AHTTF and SHWG – Practitioner in Rural & Remote Colorado (click here)

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Fall 2021 Overview:

SEP — “Digital Equity in Colorado: High-Speed Internet Access and More”
Antonio Martinez, Susan Hakanson, Michael Bevis 

OCT — “How Spend $500 Million from Coronavirus Funds for Colorado Housing Needs?”
The Honorable Steven Woodrow, Alison GeorgeCathy Alderman, Steven Cordova

2020-2021 OVERVIEW:
Many thanks to our outstanding speakers this past program year!

Summary, details and slides of each in the next tab “Recent Forums”


SEP — **TOWARD A LIFE-CENTERED ECONOMY: From the Rule of Money to the Rewards of Stewardship: “
John Lodenkamper, Paul Alexander, Pete Baston, Judith Streit

OCT — **Election Reform and Ranked Choice Voting:
Terrance Carroll, Linda TemplinSarah McCarthy

NOV — Democracy in a Time of Un-Truth:
Tamim AnsaryGeorge DeMartinoLynn Schofield Clark 

JAN — Moving Ahead on Climate Change: U.S., World, Colorado:
Phil NelsonRobert YoungbergMarie Venner

FEB — Moving Ahead on Climate Change with Diverse Leadership:
Isabel MendozaSonrisa LuceroGabriel OteroTezcatli Diaz 

MAR — Forests: Lungs of Our Planet and Cities:
Dana Coelho, Jorge Figueroa, Ian Leahy, 

APR — Regenerative Agriculture: Healthy Soils and Working Lands:
Max NeumeyerHelen SilverLesli Allison

MAY — ***Food Systems and Food Insecurity in Colorado: click here for video link
Julia Char Gilbert,  Wendy Moschetti, Becca Jablonski,

**Indicates that videos are available on the EEEForum Channel on YouTube, along with videos from four earlier Forums.
*** Indicates the recording of the May 24th Forum on Food Insecurity and Food Systems in Colorado is not accessible on the EEEForum YouTube Video list – click here for video link

The EEE Forum will resume in September; the date (on a Monday) and topic are to be determined.

We welcome suggestions for speakers, themes, and other ways in which the Forum can continue to provide a civil space for timely, informative presentations with audience interaction. 

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