Colorado Springs is at a crossroads. We’re facing an ever-worsening affordable housing crisis, compounded by COVID-19, yet the loudest voices in city government oppose many of the changes needed to address the problem.

If we allow these voices to control the conversation, housing will become increasingly unaffordable, pushing people out of their homes and neighborhoods, or forcing them to choose between paying the rent or buying groceries.

We’ve seen this crisis develop in cities all over the country, and we don’t want it to happen here; we can stop Colorado Springs from becoming the next Boulder or San Francisco, but we need to act now.

Acting now means bringing new voices to the table, from teachers and nurses to service workers and the historically marginalized. It means letting city council know that we want to allow more types of housing throughout the city, invest in high-quality affordable developments, protect our most vulnerable tenants from unscrupulous landlords, and confront the legacy of housing segregation in our city.

Most of all, it means being highly organized, strategic, and persistent, keeping the pressure on our elected leaders until all of our neighbors have access to a safe, decent, affordable home.