Affordable Housing Review Team

La Tela As the City of Denver continues to face a crisis in the lack of affordable housing, a dedicated Affordable Housing Review Team was created to prioritize these much-needed housing projects and reduce the overall time it takes to permit them. 

Departments overseeing this program include:

  • Community Planning and Development (CPD),
  • Denver Fire Department (DFD),
  • Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI),
  • Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), and
  • Department of Housing Stability (HOST).

Image: La Tela Condos, 2021 Mayor's Design Award winner

Eligibility Criteria

In order to qualify for the program, projects must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) funded affordable housing projects
  • Any project with a funding commitment from the city's Department of Housing Stability (HOST)
  • Any Denver Housing Authority (DHA) project
  • Any deed-restricted Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) that will be used for affordable housing
  • Projects restricted by law, covenant, deed, contract, or any other legally enforceable instrument to provide affordable housing and developed by a community land trust or other non-profit developer (such as Habitat for Humanity)
  • Any other affordable housing project that has dedicated at least 20% of the units for households earning 80% or less of the area median income and has a term affordability commitment in line with HOST requirements
  • Projects that chose to comply with the "enhanced build on-site requirement" of the city's Expanding Housing Affordability Ordinance

Please note: This is a new program in Denver and while it gets underway, projects that are 100% affordable will receive priority.

Submittal Checklist

To be considered for the program, please submit the following documentation with your initial concept plan or building permit application (for projects not subject to a site development plan):

(Downloadable checklist coming soon. Please email Angela Thomas Graves if you have questions)

Note: Projects that are unable to demonstrate that they meet the eligibility requirements at the time of concept plan submittal can still request to be considered for the program at a future date, such as by including the above documentation when submitting the first formal site development plan.