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Gia Heflin is making more calls than ever these days.

Headset on, she sits at a temporary desk near the front entrance of Neighbor to Neighbor, a local housing nonprofit based in Fort Collins. One by one, she dials cooks, housekeepers and cashiers—all people who have applied for temporary rental assistance through the organization’s website.

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For months, Colorado’s eviction moratorium shielded Trish Quinn and her family from being kicked out on the street. But just a week after it expired, her landlord came knocking.

On Tuesday, he, along with two Adams County sheriff’s deputies, handed her a court order and told her she had five minutes to pack up her personal belongings and leave. Quinn ran to her living room, grabbed an urn containing her mother’s ashes and walked outside.

As employers continue to lay off workers at unprecedented levels, every state in the Mountain West has some kind of rent assistance program in place. Low-income housing advocates hope those programs, and their funding, can keep up with the ongoing need.

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Everyone knows that living in the Rockies can get expensive. Headwaters Economics wanted to know why. The non-profit published new research this week that examines what causes housing to become so expensive in places where outdoor recreation is a main economic driver.

Nearly a third of Americans didn’t pay rent on time in April.

Two states in the Mountain West have banned real estate agents from holding open houses to help stem the spread of COVID-19.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak made the announcement on Wednesday, joining Colorado in the region.

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Updated at 2:49 p.m. ET

Homeowners who have lost income or their jobs because of the coronavirus outbreak are getting some relief. Depending on their situation, they should be eligible to have their mortgage payments reduced or suspended for up to 12 months.

Redlands, Calif., is known for its orange groves, its Victorian homes, and its small-town feel. Sixty miles east of Los Angeles, the city is home to about 75,000 people. But that number is expected to get a lot bigger.

"Redlands is already changing," says Mayor Paul Foster, "and this is just more of the future that's coming."

The United States added more than 200,000 jobs last month, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While wages and jobs are growing in the Mountain West, they aren’t outpacing the skyrocketing cost of housing.