Last week, the National Association of Home Builders announced a COVID-19 Job Site Safety Stand Down on Thursday, April 16. The Colorado Association of Home Builders has been working with our local HBAs, members, partner groups such as Associated General Contractors of Colorado (AGC), Colorado Contractors Association (CCA) and Colorado Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors (CAMPC) and state and local officials to ensure that construction remains an essential service—and that our jobsites remain safe and healthy and following all state and local health guidelines.
The CAHB is asking its members to host a Job Site Safety Stand Down this Thursday. Doing this will help educate our workers and show solidarity across our industry.
The NAHB has developed a COVID-19 Job Site Safety Stand Down toolkit to educate residential construction workers on how to protect themselves from the coronavirus outbreak. The stand down will focus on the steps needed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus on job sites. These include maintaining a distance of no less than six feet from others at all times, limiting the number of workers in groups to 10, and properly sanitizing frequently used tools, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces. NAHB has developed a blueprint for builders, available in English and Spanish, to conduct these COVID-19 safety stand downs.
Town Hall with Senator Cory Gardner:
You’re invited to join the Colorado Association of Home Builders (CAHB) for an upcoming Virtual Home Builder Town Hall with Senator Cory Gardner on April 21 at 1 p.m. Senator Gardner will inform our members about the federal response to the health and economic challenges with COVID-19.
Please remember this call is off the record. There will be an opportunity for a limited number of questions after the senator’s remarks.
Colorado Association of Home Builders’ Virtual Town Hall with Senator Cory Gardner:
Multi-Family Call to Action:
URGENT: Ask Congress for Further Relief for Renters & Housing Providers from COVID-19
Congress recently enacted the Coronavirus Aid and Economic Security Act, (CARES Act), the largest stimulus package in our country's history. NAHB has, and will continue to, work with Congress to voice our concerns and difficulties that be will placed on multifamily development and management.
While the CARES Act includes a number of helpful provisions for individuals and businesses, housing providers, employees and their residents will need additional economic relief to avoid a collapse of the housing sector. Specifically:
NAHB has joined other real estate partners in sending a letter to Congressional leaders as part of a broad coalition of housing stakeholders. We now need you to take action.
We have joined forces with other real estate stakeholders to launch a coalition Call to Action campaign that aims to educate Congress about the need for additional relief for both renters and housing operators in future COVID-19 stimulus and recovery packages.
Click here to access a letter that outlines the rental housing industry's requests of Congress. We also request you please consider sharing this message and encourage others at your company to also take action. Messages like these really do make a difference.
The Government Affairs Committee met last Friday to receive updates on the paused General Assembly session. Legislative leadership has tentatively set May 18 to resume the 2020 session—noting that a lot could change between now and then, according to House Majority Leader Alec Garnett, D-Denver. The current plan is to reconvene to finalize all budget issues and then adjourn until a possible summer session.
The Joint Budget Committee will meet in early May to finalize the state’s $32 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. A March economic forecast estimated that the budget would need to be cut by at least $1.5 billion related to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are expectations that the state’s revenue loss may get worse as a new forecast is planned for May. Governor Polis recently asked all state departments to start identifying at least 10 percent budget reductions.
The JBC aims to finalize the Long Bill (state budget), School Finance Act and any other budget-related bills by the end of May to allow state departments, local governments, school districts and others the time necessary to finalize their budgets by the end of the state’s fiscal year on June 30. The timeline for the JBC to finalize the budget is:
Executive Orders and Actions:
On Friday, Governor Polis provided an update from the Colorado Convention Center, which is being converted to a Tier 3 treatment center to be used to step down patients from critical care that will not be ready to go home. Polis said he does not expect that the Convention Center to be totally full, nor empty, during the COVID pandemic. The site will be able to accommodate 2,000 patients. The state is also establishing a similar alternate care site in Loveland at the Ranch fairgrounds complex.
The governor also pointed out that the Colorado Department of Local Affairs’ Division of Housing (DOH) awarded more than $1.9 million of emergency assistance to 19 agencies to serve low-income Coloradans in need of emergency rental and mortgage assistance due to economic hardship due to COVID-19. Two agencies will provide assistance to eligible Coloradans in all 64 counties: Salvation Army and Colorado Housing Connects. DOH has also developed an Eviction Resources Map that can be used with 211 to help renters avoid eviction.
On Thursday, the governor signed an Executive Order extending the disaster emergency declaration for an additional 30 days. The new order expires May 8. The new order amends the previous order:
The governor also signed Executive Order D 2020 033 which is a one-time extension of state severance taxes from April 15 to May 15, 2020.
Finally, the Division of Real Estate within the Department of Regulatory Agencies has issued guidance on real estate transactions. Closings, inspections, and final walkthroughs are considered essential to closing a transaction. Open houses and showings are not permitted under the stay at home order.