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F4AF94EED3F72F5187258AAD007328E2 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For SMART ACT PRESENTATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL AFFAIRS

JOINT COMMITTEE COMMITTEE ON JOINT SENATE LOCAL GOVERNMENT & HOUSING AND HOUSE TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING & LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Date Jan 23, 2024      
Location Old Supreme Court



SMART Act presentation from the Department of Local Affairs - Committee Discussion Only


01:57:57 PM  
Maria De Cambra,
Executive Director, Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), introduced herself
to the committee. Ms. De Cambra presented on federal funding appropriations,
the mission of DOLA, and department goals for 2024.

All presentation materials can be accessed here:
https://leg.colorado.gov/content/hthl2024asmartact
02:11:28 PM  
Ms. De Cambra continued
her presentation and discussed strategic priorities and wildly important
goals of the department, including those relating to housing, land use
reform, and building resilient communities.
02:17:00 PM  
Ms. Dionne Stroter,
Deputy Executive Director, introduced herself to the committee and presented
on DOLA performance goals and on the department's efforts in advancing
inclusiveness, diversity, equity, and accessibility. Ms. Stroter also presented
on federal stimulus funds received by DOLA totaling $1.5 billion between
2021 and 2023.  
02:22:37 PM  
Panelists responded
to questions from the committee regarding distribution of funding from
the Small Community-Based Nonprofit Grant program, in reference to House
Bill 22-1356.
02:25:39 PM  
Ms. Alison George,
Director of the Division of Housing, responded to questions from the committee
regarding administration of the Mobile Home Park Empowerment Loan and Grant
Program.  
02:31:23 PM  
Ms. Stroter preovided
further information on federal stimulus funding implementation. Ms. George
also provided additional details on ARPA funding and the relationship to
state programs addressing housing and homelessness.
02:38:13 PM  
Ms. Chantal Unfug, Director of the Division of Local Government, introduced herself to the committee and presented on federal stimulus funding as relating to grants programs supporting local communities.
02:40:12 PM  
Ms. Unfug responded
to questions from the committee regarding voluntary support efforts by
DOLA for local communities.
02:42:49 PM  
Panelists responded
to questions from the committee regarding further information on the long-term
impact of grant funded programs.
02:47:34 PM  
Mr. Scott Olene, Budget Director, introduced himself to the committee and presented on the DOLA FY 2024-25 budget. Mr. Olene responded to questions regarding statistical analysis by the department in relation to vacancy rates data.
02:52:39 PM  
Mr. Bruce Eisenhauer,
Legislative Liaison, introduced himself to the committee and presented
to the committee on legislative priorities of the department, programs
involved in regulatory oversight, and required reporting.  
02:55:01 PM  
Ms. George presented to the committee on affordable housing efforts by the Division of Housing. Ms. George also provided information on mobile home dispute resolution and enforcement.
02:58:37 PM  
Ms. Unfug provided
information to the committee on the Infrastructure and Strong Communities
Grant Program, the Strong Communities Planning Grant Program, and the Community
Services Block Grant Program.  
03:00:35 PM  
Mr. Eisenhauer and
Ms. JoAnn Groff, Property Tax Administrator, presented to the committee
on the implementation of bills resulting from the 2023 Special Legislative
Session, including Senate Bill 23B-001.    

03:03:54 PM  
Panelists responded to questions from the committee regarding mobile home dispute resolution.
03:11:02 PM  
Panelists responded
to questions regarding DOLA programming as related to Executive Order D
2023 014.
03:15:02 PM  
Ms. George provided and update to the committee on rental assistance programming.
03:21:21 PM  
Ms. George and Mr.
Maulid Mislkel, Deputy Director of the Division of Housing, responded to
questions from the committee regarding fabricated homes rulemaking.
03:27:59 PM  
Discussion continued regarding rental assistance support as related to bills passed in the 2023 Special Legislative Session.
03:38:21 PM  
Ms. George responded to questions on insurance costs and construction quality of new affordable housing stock.






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