Policy Alignment to Support Housing x Education
The Rocky Mountain Partnership is working to align local, state, and national policy and legislation to achieve their shared targets.
In order to achieve economic and social mobility for all community members, sustainable, systemic change will be required at all levels of the community, including from a policy lens. Improving housing policy and legislation has been found to improve educational achievement among Latino and African American youth, and in turn, supporting them to become more economically and social mobile.
Alignment of organizational, local, state, and national policy is critical to the Partnership’s goal to improve access and availability of quality affordable housing and close equity gaps for marginalized populations.
In 2021, Rocky Mountain Partnership actively participated in the legislative session for the first time. Based on the recommendation of The Policy and Legislative Advisory Network, The Partnership supported nine bills in total; three of which were intended to improve the Housing x Education collective work area, including:
- HB21-1117 or Local Government Authority Promote Affordable Housing Units
- The act clarifies that the existing authority of cities and counties to plan for and regulate the use of land includes the authority to regulate development or redevelopment in order to promote the construction of new affordable housing units.
- HB21-1134 or Report Tenant Rent Payment Information To Credit Agencies
- The act creates the rent reporting for credit pilot program (pilot program) and directs the Colorado housing and finance authority (authority) to contract with a third party (contractor) to administer the pilot program in accordance with rules promulgated by the authority.
- HB21-1294 or K-12 Education Accountability Systems Performance Audit
- The act directs the state auditor to contract with a public or private entity (contractor) to conduct a performance audit of the statewide system of standards and assessments and the statewide education accountability system.
As part of The Partnerships work in Policy and legislation the impact and implementation of these bills and all future bills The Partnership supports will be continuously monitored moving forward.
The Partnership in the process of adopting and thoroughly vetting policy priorities for 2022. They have identified the following to date as some of the most vital policy priorities to moving forward the work of Housing and Education:
- Access to technology, broadband, and needed assistance
- Access to affordable housing
- Increase available financial support for all students
- Increase funding from the state for schools
The Policy and Legislative Advisory Network
This work is led by the Policy and Legislative Advisory Network (PLAN), a working group that drives the policy and advocacy strategy for the Partnership, focusing on policies, legislation, and public funding allocation that can be impacted and/or developed at ALL levels (organizational, municipal, county, regional, state, and federal).