City offers summer Renter Rights 101 workshop August 7

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COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – The City of Colorado Springs Community Development Division will offer its second “Renter Rights 101” informational session August 7 at the Penrose Library in downtown Colorado Springs. A third session will be offered in Southeast Colorado Springs in October.

Presenters will address a wide variety of topics such as lease basics, reasonable accommodations and modifications, Fair Housing Act protections, deposits, repairs, and eviction.  A Colorado Legal Services staff attorney will present the session content. Library and City staff will share local resources and materials available to all residents on housing issues.

In collaboration with Colorado Legal Services and Pikes Peak Library District, Community Development is offering the workshops to educate residents on the rights and responsibilities that come with renting a home.

Each event will offer the same information. The sessions are free, but space is limited, so City staff recommends registering online. Residents can RSVP at the EventBrite links below to guarantee a seat. Light refreshments will be provided.

Downtown Summer Session

 

Penrose Library

20 N. Cascade Ave.

Wednesday, August 7

6:00 – 7:30pm

RSVP Here

*Hearing Loop Facility

Southeast Fall Session

 

Sand Creek Library

1821 S. Academy Blvd

Saturday, October 12

2:00 – 3:30pm

RSVP Here

“Over 40 percent of the population rents in the Colorado Springs area and in 2018 over 7,000 households were evicted in El Paso County. The workshops are beneficial to renters and landlords alike and are designed to educate the public about their rights and responsibilities in their housing arrangements. “Creating awareness can reduce evictions, increase housing stability, and prevent housing discrimination,” said Catherine Duarte, Colorado Springs Community Development Division.

In addition to the City’s partnering organizations, these sessions are also made possible by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The primary purpose of CDBG funds is to serve low- and moderate-income residents who reside within the city limits of Colorado Springs. The community development division also uses its CDBG funds to provide Fair Housing educational opportunities to the community, as part of its efforts to affirmatively further fair housing.

Colorado Legal Services is a non-profit organization helping low-income individuals and seniors in Colorado. The workshops will offer general information for tenants and cannot provide specific legal advice. Low-income residents or senior citizens facing a housing issue can contact Colorado Legal Services at (719) 471-0380 for legal assistance.

Anyone requiring an auxiliary aid or interpreter service to participate in this hearing should make the request as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the event. To make this request, please contact community development staff at catherine.duarte@coloradosprings.gov or 719-385-5912.