The City of Colorado Springs Community Development Division is pleased to offer more “Renter Rights 101” informational sessions in 2021. In collaboration with Colorado Legal Services, The Justice Center and Pikes Peak Library District, the community development division is offering five free online workshops to educate renters on the rights and responsibilities that come with renting a home.
A Lawyer with Colorado Legal Services will address a wide variety of topics such as lease basics, reasonable accommodations and modifications, Fair Housing Act protections, deposits, repairs, and eviction. The Justice Center, Pikes Peak Library District and City staff will share local resources and materials available on housing issues.
Each virtual workshop will be hosted online from 6-8 p.m. and offer the same information. Attendance is free, but space is limited. There is no reservation system to participate. City staff recommends joining the call up to five minutes before the session starts.
Colorado Legal Services Renter Rights Guide:
January Renter Rights workshop:
Meeting information and a sign up for future workshops will be available at www.JusticeCenterCOS.org/renters-rights.
- March 30, 6-8 p.m.
- May 18, 6-8 p.m.
- August 24, 6-8 p.m.
- November 9, 6-8 p.m.
For the last two years the City of Colorado Springs’ Community Development Division has collaborated with Colorado Legal Services and Pikes Peak Library District, and now The Justice Center, to present this information in an in-person format. However, the pandemic has brought the event online in a live virtual setting to educate residents on renting basics to promote housing stability and reduce evictions.
In addition to the City’s partnering organizations, these sessions are 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 Colorado Springs city limits. 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. The Pikes Peak Library District also provides an extensive list of legal resources for residents searching for forms, databases and legal help. All residents can access this by visiting https://research.ppld.org/Law or by calling (719) 531-6333 ext. 6058. The Justice Center works in the Pikes Peak region to decrease the gap in access to justice and legal services. They provide free legal clinics, connect applicants to free and reduced cost attorneys, and participate in community access-to-justice events. Residents can access their programs by visiting https://www.justicecentercos.org/.