Councilwoman Robin Kniech is a leader in Denver’s efforts to expand access to affordable housing, which is critical for struggling individuals and families, but also for Denver’s diversity and our economic competitiveness in attracting businesses and the workers they need. Her housing accomplishments include:
Adoption of a dedicated revenue fund for affordable housing. The first in Denver’s history, and the largest in the State of Colorado, Denver’s fund launched in January of 2017 and will build or preserve at least 6,000 new homes over 10 years. Housing Fund Information.
Revisions to Denver’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (IHO) in 2013 and 2014, which resulted in dramatically more projects building affordable housing rather than paying a fee. The revised IHO still governs projects with agreements or housing created while it was in effect, but for new development projects coming on line after January 1, 2017, the IHO has been replaced by linkage fees that support Denver’s Dedicated Affordable Housing Fund. Overview of the IHO. Historic IHO Revision Documents.
Advocating for the inclusion of affordable housing in major projects seeking city financial assistance. This has resulted in affordable housing near Denver Union Station and in the St. Anthony’s Hospital redevelopment at Sloan’s Lake and in many other projects across Denver.
On-going efforts and housing priorities:
· Monitoring the implementation of the Housing Fund both as a member of the Housing Advisory Committee and as a member of City Council and Chair of the Council Workgroup on Housing and Homelessness. Denver’s affordable housing production can be tracked HERE.
· Ensuring residents have access to information about Denver’s existing and new affordable housing. Watch for new city web resources in early 2017.
· Continuing to explore new policies and practices to further increase access to affordable housing.
· Advocating for supportive housing for homeless individuals and families, including establishing a transparent numeric goal for creation of new supportive housing as part of Denver’s comprehensive housing plan being developed in 2017. More information about Denver’s Social Impact Bond, which funds supportive services to ensure the success of housing for homeless individuals.
Ashley Union Station, a four-story, 107-unit apartment complex under construction at 18th Street and Chestnut Place, will offer 75 income-restricted units just blocks from the revitalized train hall and transit center in Lower Downtown. The building is scheduled for completion in 2017.