Law lets child support actually support children

We all want to give Colorado’s children the best opportunity to achieve their full potential. Despite receiving Medicaid and food stamps for health and nutritional needs, a parent trying to support herself and her child on $364 a month likely struggles to maintain shelter and transportation while having enough funds to cover essentials like diapers […]

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Senate Bill 98 is a win for landowners, communities and affordable housing

It’s no secret that there is a shortage of affordable housing across Colorado. While there appears to be some appetite for compromise at the state capitol this year, previous attempts to address the shortage fell short because of concerns about costs and the government’s role in “subsidizing” affordable housing. But what if there was a […]

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Legislative & Policy Preview 2017: Family Economic Security

During this year’s legislative session, CCLP’s Family Economic Security program will focus on expanding job opportunities and training for all Coloradans, renewing the Colorado Child Tax Credit for low-income workers, encouraging the development of more affordable housing units throughout the state and extending the notification period so that tenants without leases have enough time to […]

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Adult education: The cornerstone of workforce development

There is nothing like a healthy economy to provide opportunities for those who might otherwise be overlooked in the job market. Yet, despite Colorado’s economic gains in recent years, employment and upward mobility remain challenging for those who don’t complete high school. The 394,471 Coloradans (or 9.4 percent of the state’s population) without high school […]

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Tool measures income needs of older Coloradans

The Colorado Center on Law and Policy largely focuses its advocacy efforts on adults in their working years. But because of the increasingly important and varied roles older adults play in families, and the importance of saving money with retirement in mind, it is critical to include the challenges facing older Coloradans under the economic-security […]

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A SNAP-shot of food stamp access in Colorado

Food stamps provide eligible families with a modest monthly stipend to purchase food — averaging $1.40 per person, per meal. The majority of those eligible are children, seniors, working adults, veterans and those who are disabled. The program not only provides access to the fuel needed for healthier lives but also helps create jobs, increase grocery […]

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ID program provides critical link for Colorado’s neediest families

It’s nearly impossible to get essentials such as health care, housing, employment and public benefits without a state-issued identification card. Citizens need a picture ID when opening a bank account, cashing a check and picking up prescriptions. Unfortunately, obtaining an ID card can be nearly impossible for some of Colorado’s most vulnerable residents. The process […]

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Scorecard reveals challenges for Colorado families

Seven years since the official end of the Great Recession, many economists agree that America’s agonizingly slow financial recovery is finally complete. But even though the national unemployment rate has remained steady in recent months, it’s clear to many families that the widespread economic prosperity of the past is just that—a thing of the past. […]

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