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Open House to Report on Public Input, Provide Framework for Five-Year Plan for Housing

Public comments and 1,100 electronic surveys defining city’s plan, priorities

The City and County of Denver is holding an open house event, to present the framework for the draft of the five-year comprehensive housing plan and annual action plan. The event will be held Tuesday, September 19, from 6-8 p.m., at Bruce Randolph School, 3955 Steele St.

The plan lays out the city’s overarching strategies and tools for adding and preserving affordable housing, increasing housing affordability for both renters and home owners, and investments in housing for those experiencing homelessness. Over the last four months, the city has engaged members of the public and stakeholders to develop the plans aimed at guiding investments in the coming years.

“We’re working hard to make this a market that works for everyone, and this plan will provide a strategic roadmap to help ensure Denver’s long-term affordability,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “We’ve done a lot of listening, and we want to check back in with what we heard to make sure we incorporate the many diverse perspectives among people experiencing homelessness, renters and aspiring homebuyers.”

Denver’s Housing Advisory Committee, the Office of Housing & Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE), Denver’s Road Home and the Office of Economic Development are working collaboratively on the plan, which will be presented to City Council for approval in early October.

More than 1,500 people helped shape the plan by providing input about the city’s most pressing housing challenges. An online survey garnered more than 1,100 responses over the summer, and the initial public meeting on June 29 captured feedback from nearly 150 community residents and stakeholders. The city’s third annual Housing Summit on May 19—attended by more than 400 community stakeholders and housing industry experts—also helped shape priorities and frame critical issues in the plan.

The draft five-year plan framework and the 2018 annual action plan will both be shared at this meeting for review and comment.

The plan will align the city’s investment strategies along the entire continuum of housing need from homelessness to homeownership. It will include measurable goals for the development and preservation of affordable rental and for-sale housing as well as policy recommendations aimed at promoting economic opportunity and the connection between housing, healthy living, and good-paying jobs.

The community meeting will include light refreshments, Spanish translation and free child care. Additional translation services will be available upon request to 720-913-1999.