April 4, 2017 – City Encourages Organizations to Apply to Be Expert Cooperative Housing Organizations

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Media Contacts:
Gretchen King, Planning, Housing + Sustainability, 303-441-3005
Sarah Huntley, Media Relations, 303-441-3155

City encourages organizations to apply to be Expert Cooperative Housing Organizations

The City of Boulder is requesting applications from qualified organizations to serve as Expert Cooperative Housing Organizations (ECHO). An ECHO is an organization recognized by the city manager as having experience and expertise in the formation, operation and organization of cooperative housing units. The role of these organizations will be to train, verify legitimacy and provide recommendations to city staff regarding prospective housing cooperatives that have applied for a license from the city.

Application requirements for organizations seeking to be an ECHO include:

  1. A contractor licensing application, available at www.boulderplandevelop.net or the Planning & Development Services Center (1739 Broadway, third floor)
  2. Information related to training, education or experience of related staff or other representatives that qualifies the applicant organization as having expertise in the formation, operation and organization of cooperative housing units
  3. Criteria to be used to determine whether a cooperative is legitimate
  4. An example of a training plan used to ensure cooperatives’ legitimacy
  5. Certificate of insurance, as outlined in the contractor licensing handbook

Applications should be submitted by April 17, 2017to Sara Easton at eastons@bouldercolorado.gov. To learn more about the application requirements and process, visit bouldercolorado.gov/plan-develop/co-op-housing pdf.

On Jan. 17, 2017, City Council amended and passed Cooperative Housing Ordinance 8119, which allows cooperative housing in the City of Boulder. The ordinance provides that the city manager designates one or more ECHOs within 90 days after final adoption of the ordinance.