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City-Funded Affordable Rentals

The City and County of Denver provides financing on rental projects. In exchange for public financing, the owners of these properties have agreed to limit the rent they charge for some or all units for a certain period of time. These affordable rental units are managed by third-party property management companies.

The following non-profit housing counseling agencies can refer you to affordable rental opportunities.

Brothers Redevelopment

(303) 202-6340

Colorado Housing Assistance Corp.

(303) 572-9445

Del Norte Neighborhood Development

(303) 477-4774

Denver Housing Authority

(720) 932-3000

NEWSED Community Development

(303) 534-8342

Northeast Denver Housing Center

(303) 377-3334

The current demand for affordable rental units in Denver exceeds what is available. HOST, and the city, are increasing its annual investment in building new units as well as renovating/rehabbing older units, and strives to preserve the affordability of all projects for as long as possible. 

The city invests in new units as well as the rehabilitation and renovation of existing units.  Many projects accept wait list applications.  Other properties have so many approved applicants that waiting lists are closed. If there is a property you like, you may need to check back with them over time. 

Covenant guidelines define your eligibility to rent an affordable unit and you must remain income-eligible each year to renew your lease. You may not add an income-earning household member without notifying the property manager or leasing agent, whether they are helping you pay the rent or not. 

In order to ensure that covenant requirements are being met, the property manager or leasing agent will likely ask you and other members of your household to provide the following kinds of documents when you apply to rent an affordable unit:

A driver’s license or other form of identification

The most recent two months of paystubs
(or proof of
 retirement or benefit income)

The most recent two months of bank statements

Your previous year’s federal tax return

An application with your signature

The main factor for eligibility is your gross annual income.

Review this chart to determine where you fall in the AMI range so that you will know what properties on our list you can qualify for. For example, 30% AMI for an individual is $19,500 and 80% AMI is $52,000. Maximum income limits are adjusted for the number of people in a household.

Federal housing laws do not guarantee the availability of affordable units to all fully qualified applicants. However, if an affordable unit is available, you meet the covenant and property requirements, and you believe you are being treated unfairly in your attempt to become a tenant, you have the right to file a complaint to the government and have your complaint reviewed.

If you believe that your access to an affordable unit is being unfairly hindered by the builder, property manager, or leasing agent, you can seek help from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Discrimination Hotline at 1-800-669-9777. Learn more at

Are You Looking to Buy?

If you are looking for income-restricted homeownership opportunities in Denver, learn more about qualifications and opportunities here.


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Contact one of these organizations to get help with tenant and landlord issues.


Elderly Housing Assistance

Get information on senior housing assistance. The Elderly Housing CHOICES program provides referrals to lower-income elderly who have special housing needs. The Hotline maintains a list of over 20,000 rentals, including apartments, houses, duplexes, mobile homes, wheelchair accessible units and personal care housing. Elderly Housing CHOICES can be reached at 303-831-4046.

Senior Housing Locator
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