Denver's legendary quality of life is not an accidental fact of nature. It must be continuously created and sustained for all who live here, with strong, diverse neighborhoods and housing that together ensures the promise of economic mobility. The city is committed to the preservation, rehabilitation and creation of affordable housing.
Here is a quick guide for Denver's renters, homeowners, and people experiencing homelessness.
OED partners with public, private and nonprofit organizations to ensure that safe, livable housing options exist for those with low and moderate incomes, people with special needs, and the low-income elderly. Strategic investments in a range of neighborhood projects reflect our focus on underserved and distressed areas.
Affordable Homeownership Program - Income Verification Update: Following a public hearing in January, OED has adopted modifications to the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance Administrative Rules and Regulations. The modification changes the income verification process among purchasers to allow an increase from 30% to 35% for the amount of allowed percentage of gross income spent on housing.
*NEW* Individuals may donate directly to Denver's public/private Housing and Homeless Services Fund, for which Mile High United Way is serving as fiscal sponsor, using this link. Your gift will provide immediate support and services for Denver residents experiencing homelessness. Thank you!
An exceptional milestone in the development of housing for all became a reality when the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless opened its new Stout Street Health Center and Renaissance Stout Street Lofts. By combining health and housing in one location, this innovative project increases integrated health care access for up to 18,000 homeless individuals each year and provides supportive housing for 78 formerly homeless households.
Recognizing supportive housing as a critical element across the City’s ambitious spectrum of housing approaches, OED funded $1 million for the Stout Street Lofts.
Resident Michael Barge was one of the first to move in when his fourth-floor, one-bedroom unit at Renaissance Stout Street Lofts was completed. He had arrived in Denver by bus less than a year earlier from St. Louis, and through a day program at Samaritan House, he was referred to a substance abuse rehabilitation program at Ft. Lyons. His successful completion of that rigorous, six-month work in July coincided with the opening of the Lofts.
“It’s really beautiful here, a blessing,” he said. “It’s brand new, too. It’s taken me years to get where I am, but I made it. This is home for me now.”
Housing an Inclusive Denver, the City’s five-year housing policy, strategy and investment plan, was approved on February 20, 2018 by Denver City Council. The plan was developed with input from more than 1,500 people, including representatives from many nonprofit advocacy groups, who attended public meetings, responded to online surveys, and attended Housing Advisory Committee meetings.
Spanish version: Housing an Inclusive Denver (Albergando un Denver inclusivo)
2018 Annual Report on Housing
A full report on the city's 2018 progress on affordable housing is available here.
A summary booklet of the 2018 Housing Report is available here.
A report on Denver's Inclusionary Housing Ordinance is available here.