DOLA Recovery Overview
Colorado Disaster Recovery
Inventory of Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Resources
“All Disasters Occur at the Local Level”
For many communities throughout Colorado, the Department of Local Affairs is the "face of state government" — that initial and primary point of contact where local communities work in partnership with the state. Our department's mission statement, "Strengthening Colorado Communities," exemplifies the level of responsiveness and attentiveness that lies at the heart of our services.
Through financial and technical assistance, and programs addressing affordable housing and homelessness, and property tax administration; our department works in cooperation with local communities.
DOLA delivers disaster recovery services through its Division of Local Government and Division of Housing. Additional recovery services also are provided through its Division of Property Taxation.
Following is a summary of services offered by DOLA for disaster recovery:
Division of Local Government:
Technical Assistance: The Technical Assistance staff can help impacted local governments in evaluating budget needs, statutory requirements, financial analysis, and TABOR and Gallagher implications. The Technical Assistance staff also include a public utilities specialist with extensive knowledge of water and wastewater infrastructure and needs.
Financial Assistance: DOLA has several grant programs to assist with the costs associated with recovery. The Emergency Fund is the most efficient source of funding available, and can assist with the most immediate needs. DOLA has other grant programs as well including Community Development Block Grants and Energy Mineral Impact grants.
Demographic Information: The State Demographer can help communities in their ongoing planning efforts by evaluating demographic data and economic trends taking into consideration changing circumstances brought on by a disaster.
Community Development: The Community Development staff can assist impacted communities with land use planning, economic development, and sustainable and community development needs.
- Field Services: DOLA has twelve Regional Managers and Assistants that live and work throughout the State. The field staff are the Department’s on the ground resource. Field staff have an intimate knowledge of the community’s needs, and have strong relationships with elected officials and staff of each community. Field Staff are responsible for helping impacted communities identify and prioritize their needs, and then work to connect each community with resources within DOLA, other State agencies, and outside organizations. They also offer direct support to the communities.
Division of Housing:
The Division of Housing works with public housing authorities and local housing providers to identify interim and longer term housing solutions by connecting disaster victims to available housing units. The Division of Housing partners with local communities to identify long-term housing strategies in the rebuilding process.
Division of Property Taxation:
DOLA's Division of Property Taxation assists local assessors in impacted counties with questions about how to appropriately adjust the values of damaged or destroyed properties.
DOLA has extensive local government experience and knowledge that enables staff to hit the ground running. DOLA’s role in working with local government is to help find solutions and resources that address the local governments priorities and needs. DOLA may help a community identify financial resources, assist with writing grants, evaluate budgets, facilitate priority setting work sessions, or provide staffing support as examples. Ensuring continuity of local governance is a primary concern and focus, as well as supporting long-term planning efforts.
Colorado is a local control state. As such, DOLA’s role in addressing recovery is to support the local decision making process, and to assist as requested by the local governments. DOLA is able to provide as much or as little assistance needed by communities during the recovery phase. This includes assisting local officials in establishing a Disaster Assistance Center (DAC), providing government administration support, assistance in identifying priorities, and identifying the data and resources needed throughout the long term recovery phase (economic development, infrastructure improvements, comprehensive planning support).
Limon: Following the tornado in Limon in 1990, DOLA first assisted Limon in developing a community vision for how the community would recover after the disaster. Town Hall and much of Limon’s commercial property was destroyed or damaged. DOLA provided financial assistance to Limon to rebuild town hall and redesign main street, two of the main priorities identified by the community.
Windsor: DOLA assisted Windsor with developing a strategy for downtown and has supported implementation of that vision to fix damage to downtown Windsor following a tornado in 2008. Technical assistance was provided to help Windsor set up a Downtown Development Authority as both a funding and organizational solution to address damage to downtown. Funding was also provided to improve entry ways into the community, and to rebuild town hall and the police department.
Holly: Following a tornado in Holly in 2007, DOLA assisted residents and the community in addressing short and long-term housing needs. Technical and financial assistance was provided in redesigning and repairing community parks, downtown, and basic infrastructure such as the Holly sewer system.
Governor John W. Hickenlooper Weekly Recovery Conference Call with Local Officials
Call 1: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - Questions and Responses (Updated 10/01/13)
Demographic and Economic Information
- Estimates of housing units and households by county and municipality
- Housing Unit and Population Density Web Map
- Population characteristics (age, income, poverty, housing, home values) as a web map by county, city, tract, block group
- Limited English Proficiency
Unemployment web map or Unemployment chart - by county and month
- Jobs by county Select geography, industry or total jobs and then years
- Wage and salary jobs, age of worker, earnings, industries and commuting by county and census county divisions for Boulder, Larimer, Logan, Morgan and Weld counties
- Employment details
- Regional Profiles Narrative and charts of summary economic and demographic conditions by region
- Flood Maps by County with data on Household Income, Mobile Housing Units, Pop Density and Rental Rates