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BHC 2015 Summer Internship

The Boulder Housing Coalition is accepting applications for a Summer 2015 internship position. Interns are highly valued and fully integrated into our staff and community. We seek people who are passionate about social justice issues, with prior knowledge and experience of housing cooperatives, as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Background

Our non­profit organization has been dedicated to creating affordable, sustainable housing cooperatives in Boulder, Colorado, for the past 15 years, and we now find ourselves at a critical juncture in our evolution. We have received substantial financial support over the years from both the City of Boulder and Boulder County in pursuit of our mission. However, our progress has been impeded by local laws limiting the number of unrelated individuals that can legally live together.

Since the fall of 2013 we have been working closely with city staff, elected officials, and other local non­profit and civic organizations on a campaign to change these laws, and enable the creation of many more community living opportunities in Boulder. Serendipitously, this work has coincided with a more extensive housing policy initiative from the City of Boulder. As we head into what we hope will be the home stretch of the campaign, we are seeking the support of a full time summer intern who can help get us across the finish line!

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A Backyard Concert at Ostara

Allow More Community Housing in Boulder

Dear City Council (council@bouldercolorado.gov),

Zane SelvansI understand that May 14th you will be studying the question of Boulder’s developing barbell shaped income distribution, and the issue of supplying moderately affordable housing for folks in Boulder’s middle-income brackets.

From today’s Daily Camera article my sense is that the focus of the discussion is likely to be on the supply of detached single-family homes, which for many years have been the housing option of choice for families in the US.

However, I think that this is really too narrow a focus. Co-housing developments like Wild Sage in North Boulder and housing cooperatives like the ones developed by the Boulder Housing Coalition make use of multi-dwelling buildings, and yet can provide many of the amenities that draw families to detached houses, especially quiet outdoor spaces that are safe for children, and a sense of neighborhood community. They can also be much more resource efficient than standard single-family dwellings. Looking further afield, one can find examples of entire neighborhoods designed with these goals in mind, like Quartier Vauban, in Freiburg, Germany.

These relatively high density (for Boulder) community and family oriented housing options might not be for everybody, but there is a hunger for more of them in Boulder. The Housing Co-ops developed by the Boulder Housing Coalition (whose board I sit on) are regularly over-subscribed by a factor of 2 or 3 when we seek out new members. Our new 22-26 member co-op in the old BHP apartment building at the corner of 9th and North will likely be completely leased within a month. We should work to make creating more of them easier and more cost-effective than it is today. Current zoning regulations — especially our out-dated, 1950s vintage parking requirements — too often make the creation of this type of housing difficult, prohibitively expensive, or simply impossible. This is in many ways at odds with a lot of the city’s high level policy statements surrounding transportation mode choices, sustainability, and affordable housing.

I hope that we can work together to make the creation of more community and family oriented multi-unit housing a reality in Boulder.

Thank you for your time and attention,
Zane Selvans

(TAB member and Boulder Housing Coalition board member, speaking on my own behalf)

North Haven Co-op Before

A little bit of photographic documentation of the state of the building before we start sinking our cooperative teeth into it.  Click on one of the thumbnails to enter full-screen mode.

North Haven Exterior Before Renovation

 North Haven Interior Before Renovation

New North Haven Co-op!

The BHC has just purchased North Haven an 8 unit apartment building on the corner of 9th and North Street. We will convert to, a permanently affordable, rental co-op, that will be home to 22 residents. The building was purchased with generous support from the City of Boulder Division of Housing ($400,000 grant) and the Boulder County Commissioners through the Worthy Cause program ($190,000 grant). This is a huge step for the BHC as we will almost double the number of low income residents we serve from 25 to at least 47.  The building is currently undergoing a major renovation as we transform the 8 unit apartment building into a state of the art affordable cooperative that will have 2 two-bedroom apartments for families, (APARTMENTS ARE FULL AS OF AUGUST 2013) 18 other bedrooms and a deep green retrofit.

The new co-op is set to open on September 8th of 2013! Its in a great location near North Boulder Park and we are currently looking for folks who want to live in the new co-op so Apply Now!

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Masala Cooperative Goes Solar!

Thanks to a generous grant from the City of Boulder ClimateSmart Grant Program, the BHC was able to install photovoltaic panels at the Masala cooperative in 2010.

The Boulder Housing Coalition would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support of this project:

City of Boulder ClimateSmart Grant Program

Standard Renewable Energy

This 4.3 kw solar array compensates for a significant fraction of the Masala Co-op’s total energy usage.

Our brand new solar panels!

Click to view our Solar Energy Usage on the Standard Renewable Energy Webpage.

Email: MasalaSolar@gmail.com    Password: solarenergy

Chrysalis Co-op Goes Solar

Thanks to a series of generous grants from local and regional sources, the BHC was able to install photovoltaic panels at the Chrysalis cooperative in early 2009.

The Boulder Housing Coalition would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support of this project:

Energy Outreach Colorado

City of Boulder ClimateSmart Solar Grant Program

Xcel Energy Trust

This 4.4kw solar array compensates for a significant fraction of Chrysalis Co-op’s total energy usage.

Click here to view a real time monitor for the Chrysalis solar array.
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