“Today’s affordable housing projects in Denver don’t look like yesteryear’s brick-and-fence projects. As exemplified by new projects, like the Ash Street Apartments and the Mariposa neighborhood redevelopment, they look like, well, homes and apartments—just like anyone else’s. The city is redefining its approach to low-income housing, building income-diverse neighborhoods and integrating low-income housing with other residential offerings.
Denver’s come a long way in addressing affordable housing needs. The city recently achieved Mayor Michael Hancock’s 3X5 Affordable Housing Initiative from 2013—a plan to introduce 3,000 new units to the city within five years —a year ahead of schedule and already it’s set to add 1,100 more affordable units within the next 12 months.
“Of those 1,100 units, 838 are already under construction,” says Erik Soliván, executive director of Denver’s newly formed Office of Housing & Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE).
But that alone is not sufficient to address the housing crunch and the city is looking at even more options, which it will showcase in a new, five-year comprehensive housing plan that officials plan to announce on Sept. 19. The also established a $150 million affordable housing fund last year to help alleviate the issue.”
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Meehan, Chris. Confluence Denver 13 September 2017.