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More than a third of Latinos struggle to afford living in Colorado, new poll finds

Originally published on September 14, 2023, Denver Post.

"More than a third of Latino voters in Colorado say that, at best, they can barely afford where they live, according to a new survey released Wednesday that found broad economic anxiety among the state’s largest minority group.

Respondents to the annual Colorado Latino Policy Agenda poll said that addressing the cost of living and improving wages were their top priorities for both federal and state policymakers, along with concerns about gun violence and homelessness.

The poll found broad support for progressive housing policy proposals, like just-cause eviction protections, as legislators and Gov. Jared Polis brace for a return to housing policy debates in the coming months.

Though state leaders have defended the work they’ve undertaken thus far to improve housing here, the survey found that nearly 80% of respondents said they had seen little to no improvement in the availability of affordable housing in their areas.

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