Bedrooms Are for People is a grassroots movement of Boulder residents who share a vision for a more just, diverse, and sustainable city. We are renters and homeowners, long-time activists and first-time volunteers, students and teachers, lifelong and new Boulder residents, writers and scientists, hikers and choristers. We live with roommates, in co-ops, in multigenerational households, alone, with children and with spouses. While our friends, loved ones, and we ourselves have found Boulder a difficult place to live because of its discriminatory occupancy laws, we're inspired by what happens when Boulder neighbors take care of each other. We're dedicated to helping Boulder reimagine itself as a more welcoming, affordable, and inclusive community.

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CHELSEA CASTELLANO

Professional Field: Sustainability

Personal Passions:

Skiing, Wildlife, Activism

Liberty and justice for all should be woven into the fabric of all of our laws. While Boulder's current occupancy limits infringe on those rights today, we have the power to change that, and we will. 

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KURT NORDBACK

Professional Field: Software Engineering

 

Personal Passions:

Urban Design, Bike Touring

I grew up in Boulder & have watched it become more exclusive & privileged over the past 50 years, as imposed policies have throttled opportunities for organic change & naturally affordable housing. The result is a city that has bigger bank accounts but is culturally, artistically, & demographically poorer. BAFP is a step towards reversing that impoverishment.

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THEODORE K. KOEING

Professional Field: Atmospheric Chemistry

Personal Passions:

Hiking, Travel, Beer

I had briefly lived in an overoccupied rental for several months, but hadn't thought too much about the occupancy limit. As enforcement was being ramped up in 2015 I realized the occupancy limits just never made much sense, bedrooms are built for people to live in them.

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ERIC BUDD

Professional Field: Data Analytics

Personal Passions:

Biking, Economics, Politics

I've lived in Boulder for over 10 years and have seen the massive difficulty that housing puts on people being able to settle down and stay in Boulder. I live in a housing cooperative and want to make it easier for people to live in affordable and community-focused housing.

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SARAHDAWN HAYNES

Professional Field: Possibilities Cartographer

Personal Passions:

Housing/Food Security, Sustainability, Trail Work

I am a 20 yr renter in Boulder, 40 yrs of renting in CO. Without roommates, I wouldn't be here. I wouldn't live as sustainably as I do. We have lost so many artists, musicians, non-profit leaders & volunteers & other wonderful people b/c the occupancy limit prevents affordability & community.

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KRISTA NORDBACK

Professional Field: Transportation Safety Research

Personal Passions:

Biking, Knitting, Chocolate

When I moved here 24 years ago as a young professional, I had friends who lived in "over-occupied" houses because there was little other affordable housing for young professionals. The situation has only gotten worse. I've watched my friends and relatives move out of the city.

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ALANA WILSON

Professional Field: Transportation Research

Personal Passions:

Co-ops, Public Transit+Bikes, Food

For nearly a decade as a renter in Boulder, my community has been my housemates. They have provided social enrichment, emotional support, and job connections, and many have become lifelong friends. Sharing can offer a super sustainable, resilient, high quality of life, and it's wrong that it's illegal.

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SARAH 

Professional Field: State & Local Government

 

Personal Passions:

Gardening, Biking, Hiking

I don't believe Boulder should discriminate in housing based on familial status, or be in the business of defining what counts as a family. As a transplant, my roommates are my Colorado family, & our housing options are severely limited by the nature of us being a group of 4. Finding housing in Boulder is hard enough, & overly restrictive occupancy limits are an unnecessary burden on renters, especially low-income renters.

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NEESHA SCHNEPF

Professional Field: Geophysics Research Science

Personal Passions:

Trail Running, Singing in Resonance Women's Chorus

This initiative would make it easier for my partner and I to afford living in Boulder. Additionally, I firmly believe that our government shouldn't decide what counts as a family; all households should be treated equally.

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CHRISTOPHER SCHUTTE

Professional Field: Information Science/Coffee Shop Manager

Personal Passions:

Technology, Fitness, Politics

For decades, Boulder local governance has pushed policies with an explicitly anti-student agenda. These policies didn't hurt just students, they've hurt an entire generation of working-class people trying to live in one of the most expensive cities in America, COVID has shown us that these essential workers are the ones who keep this city going, and time to support them and students by making bedrooms for people again.

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CLAUDIA HANSON THIEM

Professional Field: Parent, Writer

 

Personal Passions:

Gardening, Hiking, Cities

Shared housing is one of the most effective tools for affordability, environmental sustainability, and social well-being. My family is fortunate to have found a ‘fit’ in Boulder’s housing market - a modest townhouse in a cohousing community - but I want more options and opportunities for others.

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RILEY BRADY

Professional Field: Ocean Biogeochemistry

Personal Passions:

Running, Reading, Guitar

I came to Boulder in 2016 to start my PhD in atmospheric and oceanic sciences and was thrilled to live in a progresive and active town, where I could commute by bike to my office and around the city every day. I've unfortunately witnessed that the majority of graduate students are forced out of town by cost, increasing their carbon footprint (to commute) and reducing the vibrant local population of passionate students.

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NICK GROSSMAN

Professional Field: Ecotourism

Personal Passions:

Snowboarding, Biking, Travel

Allowing all people to safely live together will help address Boulder's severe housing crisis. Homeowners and renters should be able to choose how to fill their own private bedrooms without city government interference.

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JAKE RUPERT

Professional Field: Petroleum Engineer

 

Personal Passions:

Writing, Gardening, People

Green space limitations make Boulder a beautiful place to live, but they have also pushed lower income and minority residents out of our town. I support increasing rental occupancy limits because it seems to me to be the only viable path to a more affordable, more diverse Boulder.

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RYAN SELDON

Professional Field: Autonomous Vehicle Simulation

Personal Passions:

Climbing, Affordable Housing

Bedrooms are For People is a critical step toward making Boulder accessible to a diverse group of people who deserve to share in all the great things that make Boulder amazing.

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BECKY DAVIES

Professional Field: Transportation Advocacy

Personal Passions:

Food, Soccer, Animal Welfare

I'm tired of hearing Boulder talk about its goals around housing, transportation, and equity yet fail to enact any of the substantive changes needed to achieve those goals. Allowing people to share homes is an important first step.

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CHARLOTTE PITTS

Professional Field: ADU Design

 

Personal Passions:

Housing Justice, Plants, City Planning

Boulder's antiquated occupancy limits directly affected my ability to afford & live in Bolder when I first moved here, & forced me to live illegally and in the shadows out of fear of eviction. This experience is not uncommon. We must work to make Boulder a more safe and inclusive space while simoultaneously utilizing existing housing for our working class.

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BEKAH DUMOUCHELLE

Professional Field: Marketing

Personal Passions:

Biking, Music

In a city where building more housing is difficult, allowing people to share existing homes is common sense. This measure allows Boulder homeowners and renters to share resources, companionship, and expenses.

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FIONA PIGOTT

Professional Field: Software

Personal Passions:

Dancing, Baking, Biking

Many of my best relationships in Boulder over the past 10 years been with my roommates—so much so that I recently bought a house with a roommate. I want our 6-bedroom house (4 occupants, legal because of a sibling) to be a place we can both grow into, and I want other people to have the opportunity to stay in Boulder by sharing a house.

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BRYAN BOWEN 

Professional Field: Architect

 

Personal Passions:

Cohousing, Sustainability, Making Stuff

When I moved here over twenty years ago, the housing market was showing obvious signs of becoming too economically exclusive, and now that's happened. As times have changed and conventional thinking around housing has evolved, many of us have reevaluated a lot of assumptions that are baked into Boulder's out dated housing policy. At the same time, we've more fully realized how racism and classism can be enacted through housing policy. We need to allow people to live more comfortably with less impact in joyous environments that allow for community.

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CLARE GALLAGHER

Professional Field: Outdoor Industry

Personal Passions:

Running

Having lived illegally for years to find affordable rent, I believe Boulder's housing occupancy limits are outdated, discriminatory and quintessential NIMBYism. I want to be part of the change for a more inclusive and sustainable Boulder.

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LILA HICKEY

Professional Field: Data Storage UI Developer

Personal Passions:

Biking, DIY Home Improvement, Masks

The ability to live near our places of work - and thus reduce the energy expenditure and GHG emissions associated with long commutes - is vital to our fight against climate change. BAFP brings the goal of a low-emission commute back into reach for people who might otherwise not be able to afford the city they work in.

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THOMAS WELLS

Professional Field: Energy Efficiency Data Science

 

Personal Passions:

Chai, Running, Bikes

I want to move the needle on climate change and racial justice. Reducing transportation emissions by allowing people to live closer to where they work, go to school, and spend their time is the best way to address climate change. Undoing racist, classist, and outdated housing occupancy limits is the best way to accomplish both. It's ridiculous that we have empty bedrooms while people are commuting hours each day to get here or living on the streets.

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NICK

Professional Field: Small Business Owner

Personal Passions:

Classical Singing, Philosophy, Meditation

Just as a person should have freedom of association, freedom of speech, so should they be able to live with who they choose. Whether they are biologically or romantically related is none of the state's business.

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VADIM GRABOYS

Professional Field: Infrastructure Architect

Personal Passions:

Biking, Hiking, Housing Policy

I love Boulder and I think more people should be able to experience this wonderful city. Allowing more diverse groups of people to live together makes for a more vibrant and interesting community.

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SARA CAMPBELL

Professional Field: Physicist

 

Personal Passions:

Mountaineering, My cat, My dog

While I was a graduate student at CU Boulder, my classmates and I found it much more affordable to rent a house together and share costs. As housing costs increase and climate change remains an issue, I find it unconscionable and discriminatory that the city mandates maintaining empty bedrooms in houses without a traditional family. Now, I own a four-bedroom house, my husband and I occupy one bedroom, and still the city mandates that we maintain empty bedrooms in our own home, rather than building a small 4-5 person community by renting out the available space at an affordable rate.

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TARA IPPOLITO

Professional Field: Environmental Studies

Personal Passions:

Cooking, Eating, Running!

I have seen and felt firsthand how hard it is to live on a graduate student salary in Boulder, affordable housing is absolutely needed for graduate students and young professionals to live comfortably in boulder.

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ANGIE NAILLON

Professional Field: Finance

Personal Passions:

Hiking, Backpacking

Maximizing the utilization of existing, available housing stock is a common-sense approach to promoting sustainability (reducing commutes/carbon emissions), supporting affordability, and enhancing Boulder's vibrancy and diversity.

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ASLIN KREITZ

Professional Field: Volunteer Coordinator

Personal Passions:

Horseback Riding, Running, Building Community

As a POC living in Boulder and having grown up in a similar environment (Portland, OR) I am exhausted by the progressive facade of these "liberal" areas. Boulder's beauty is meant for everyone, the current policy is oppressive and creates a massive barrier to a sustainably diverse and inclusive Boulder. This is an opportunity for our city to be a leader in progressive change for our state.

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SHAWN RUPP

Professional Field: Building Performance Engineer

Personal Passions:

Cycling, Soccer, Cooking

Occupancy limits are discriminatory and exclusionary, and they have contributed greatly to racial inequities and a lack of affordable housing in the city. Eliminating these limits is an important first step toward making Boulder more accessible and equitable.

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COURTNEY LOVE

Professional Field: Marketing & Yoga, Wellness Coach

Personal Passions:

Yoga, Climbing, Activism

I have lived in Boulder for eight years and renting is nearly impossible without roommates. Boulder's antiquated occupancy laws are discriminatory, arbitrary, and classist. Adjusting occupancy limits will create more affordable housing options, diversifying our community, and have a positive environmental impact.

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TRISH HYDE

Professional Field: Recent college grad, currently job searching

Personal Passions:

Camping, Jeopardy, Reproductive Justice

I grew up in Boulder and was both surprised, and unsurprised, to learn about this policy; Boulder has always claimed to be a leader in progressive politics and inclusivity while still gatekeeping who can live here. If we want a more diverse community, as we say we do, Bedrooms are for People is a great place to start.

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KRISTEN ELLER

Professional Field: Chemical Engineering - Microbiology

 

Personal Passions:

Science, Dogs, Hiking

Everyone has a right to safe place to call home; by limiting the number of residents in a complex Boulder is constraining the city to its ideas of a "traditional" home that is not sustainable, negatively impacts the environment, and contributes the the housing crisis in Boulder. I don't think that is what Boulder should stand for.

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KYREN BOGOLUB 

Professional Field: Seismology

Personal Passions:

Skiing, Dogs

The University of Colorado is the backbone of Boulder's economy, and the university needs students to be funded. As a graduate student I, like many students struggle with Boulder's discriminatory housing policy which makes it difficult to justify staying here for my education.

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JAKE BRADY

Professional Field: Software Consulting

Personal Passions:

Skiing, Martial Arts, Activism

Occupancy limits are arbitrary, classist, and outdated. Boulder is long overdue for wholesale change when it comes to housing/zoning policy; this initiative is a step in the right direction toward a more equitable and just housing system.

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CHELSEA STENCEL

Professional Field: Outdoor Education

Personal Passions:

Climbing

Boulder is the first place I have lived as an adult where I have found an actual community to be a part, but the occupancy limits make it extremely difficult to be able to live here. Scaling back occupancy limits is just one step in the direction towards making Boulder a more diverse and accessible city like the one I know it can be.

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JOSEPH STEIN

Professional Field: University Student

Personal Passions:

Hiking, Reading, Tea

I grew up in Boulder and have become increasingly frustrated with the attitudes and policies that make Boulder inaccessible and unaffordable. I'm excited by the prospect of living in a diverse, dynamic, just, and resilient city, and scaling back occupancy limits is an important step in that direction.

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