Responses to our Housing Access and Affordability Questionnaire

Median rental costs in Fort Collins have increased by about 65% since 2005, a significantly larger increase than portrayed in similar cities (per recent occupancy study conducted by Corona Insights). This increase in rental prices has perpetuated housing-insecurity throughout our community, caused some CSU students to experience homelessness, drove workers to reside at neighboring towns, and prevented individuals of low-income background from joining our community.

To View the results of the study conducted, click here: U+2 affordability and impacts study

To view the presentation to city council, click here: occupancy-study-presentation-to-council

Every student is either directly or indirectly impacted

Background and What's Next

The Syron-Sullivan administration has been working with city officials to address the housing affordability issues in our community. As part of our efforts, we have put together a questionnaire regarding the state of the Fort Collins housing market, occupancy, and overall living affordability. The questionnaire was sent out to all Fort Collins City Council/Mayoral candidates. Remaining are the candidates that won and their recorded responses. This is a topic that CSU students feel dearly about and we are trying to help educate and engage our constituency in the upcoming city election.

To learn more about U+2, click here:About U+2

To view the survey sent to candidates, click here:Fort Collins Housing Access and Affordability Questionnaire

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*Below are the newly elected council members responses to our Housing Affordability Questionnaire* 

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Has Responded to Questionnaire

Email: voteforwade@comcast.net

Phone: 970-217-0465

Wade Troxell, Mayor

Key takeaways from Questionnaire:

“I have introduced “right-sizing” of the over-occupancy ordinance to help address some of our housing affordability challenges”.

“Housing affordability challenge does contribute to overall costs associated with college affordability”.

“Advocated the review of U+2. I have introduced “right-sizing” of the over-occupancy ordinance to help address some of our housing affordability challenges”.

“We can “right-size” the occupancy ordinance AND improve neighborhood quality at the same time by improving surface parking requirements”.

 

To view full response, click here: Troxell_2019 ASCSU Housing Affordability Questionnaire

Susan Gutowsky, District 1

NO Response

Email: susan.gutowsky@gmail.com

Phone: (970)-215-6308

Has Responded to Questionnaire

Email: julie@julieforfc.com

Phone: (970)-481-2751

Julie Pignataro, District 2

Key Takeaways from Questionnaire:

“That the high cost of college, which leads to higher debt for the individual, makes the affordability of a house that much more burdensome”.

“Perhaps U+2 made some sense back when it was originally created but it has had all sorts of unintended consequences. We need to actually tackle what the real problem is – is it noise? Okay, we can deal with that. Is it too many cars on a lot? Yep, we can figure out a way to deal with that as well”.

“To paraphrase what I was told by a current college student, “U+2 is not an occupancy problem, it is a bad neighbor problem.””

“Ordinance in itself can be viewed as discriminatory not only towards students, but towards those that are not well off”.

View full response here: Pignataro_Fort Collins Housing Access and Affordability Questionnaire

Has Responded to Questionnaire

Email: kristin@kristinforfortcollins.com

Phone: (970)-581-7580

Kristin Stephens, District 4

Key Takeaways from Questionnaire:

“It’s unclear to me whether U+2 is contributing to the sharp rise in rental prices”.

“I do support looking at areas of town where it might make sense to do waivers for U+2”.

“I would like to see if there are some best practices we can borrow from other college towns. I will look at the possibilities for expanding U+2 in areas where it makes sense. I want to continue to work with ASCSU and the university to address affordability issues for students”.

“Yes, affordability is a big issue in our city. Many students and families are finding themselves priced out of the market. On Council I have looked for ways to build more affordable units”.

“I want to make sure that students, new graduates, and families have better and more affordable housing options in our community”.

To view full response, click here: Stephens_Fort Collins Housing Access and Affordability Questionnaire

Emily Gorgol, District 6

NO Response

Email: emily.gorgol@gmail.com

Phone: (970)-769-6446