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.
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.”
The Landlord Tenant Guide provides an easy-to-understand breakdown of the rights of both residential tenants and landlords in the City and County of Denver.
The Assessment of Fair Housing is a planning process for local governments and public housing agencies to take meaningful actions to overcome historic patterns of segregation, promote fair housing choice, and foster inclusive communities that are free from discrimination. An electronic Live|Work survey closed at the end of 2017, and it was designed and help the cities of Denver, Aurora, Boulder, Broomfield, Longmont, Broomfield County and Boulder County understand the housing choices residents like you have made. For more information about the study, go to: http://denver-aurora-boulderafh.com.
Housing an Inclusive Denver, the City’s new 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. A series of neighborhood meetings were held in Fall 2017 to collect input on the draft plan.
Spanish version: Housing an Inclusive Denver (Albergando un Denver inclusivo)
A detailed update on the city's progress on affordable housing is available here.
A report on Denver's Inclusionary Housing Ordinance is available here.