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Affordable housing in Colorado limited for older adults

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Randle Loeb, 70, returned home by bicycle from one of the two jobs that keep him busy seven days a week. He sat down in the subsidized hotel room in downtown Denver where he’s lived since January. He wondered what his late father would think.

“He stopped working at the age of 67. He would not have dreamed that his son would have to work the rest of his life until he’s too feeble to do it,” Loeb said. “Most people believe their children will be able to take care of themselves, and obviously that’s not true anymore. We are essentially scrambling to survive.”

Loeb is a victim of a Colorado housing crisis that was made worse by the pandemic, and data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s weekly household survey shows housing instability is especially pronounced among older adults. In midsummer, Colorado ranked first for housing instability in the U.S., with more than a third of survey respondents 65 and older expressing “slight confidence” or…

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