Resource Available: Colorado Health Institute Report - Home Equity

In August 2019, the Colorado Health Institute published Home Equity: A Vision of Housing Security, Health and Opportunity. The report summarizes data from across Colorado and outlines the wide range of housing and health challenges facing many families and individuals in our state. The following is from the Colorado Health Institute website:

"Housing affects health. The affordability, stability, quality, and accessibility of housing all play a role in individuals’ and communities’ health. The connection is clear, but it’s a complicated undertaking to build a system that addresses needs and inequities in both housing and health.

A rapid increase in Colorado housing prices is straining many Colorado households. Discriminatory policies in the past and present make the situation even more challenging for people of color. The statistics are striking:

  • The average Colorado home price increased 77 percent in the past decade, but the state’s median income went up just 4.5 percent.
  • Overall, 26 percent of white Coloradans live in households that are cost-burdened, meaning they spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing; among African Americans, it’s 39 percent.
  • Denver has the nation’s second-highest rate of involuntary displacement of Hispanic residents (behind only San Jose, California).
The good news is that across Colorado, people are working to build a more equitable system that will allow everyone to have a stable home, which in turn provides the foundation for good health."

This resource is one among many that are guiding the early work of the Home2Health project. Understanding the context of Colorado as a whole is important as we compile data to show how Fort Collins residents are experiencing challenges with housing affordability and health. To read the full report, visit

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