The availability of affordable housing offers many community benefits, including reduced commute time and stress, and improved neighborhood stability. Unfortunately, many Colorado residents spend more than 30% of their income on housing, and finding attainable housing has become a serious challenge. The City of Arvada is taking a close look at attainable/affordable, housing in our communities.
What is Arvada Doing?
The City is addressing these concerns in many ways. The City Council Strategic Plan includes the following strategic results related to housing:
- Beginning in 2019, 25% of new housing is located in urban centers and corridors.
- By 2019, 25% of new housing will be located in neighborhoods or developments that incorporate a mix of lot sizes, development densities and housing types and styles.
- By 2019, facilitate the development of one attainable senior housing development containing at least 50 units.
- By December 2017, develop a map of potential sites appropriate/suitable for attainable housing developments to be used for City Council discussion and neighborhood outreach in association with the Hometown Colorado Initiative.
Following the adoption of the City Council Strategic Plan, the City tasked Leadership Team members to help find ways to bridge the housing gap for households with low and moderate incomes. The results stemming from that directive were presented to Council in August 2016:
- Attainable Housing Developments in the Denver Metro Area (City Council Workshop, August 22, 2016)
In June 2019, the City of Arvada began developing a housing assessment. The purpose of the assessment was to develop a clear understanding of the characteristics and dynamics of housing in Arvada. By developing a housing assessment, the City is taking a close look at our gaps, strengths, and potential actions available to balance housing in our community. Using the results of the housing assessment (which is complete and can be viewed here), the City’s goal is to implement a Housing Strategy that consists of practical, functional actions that promote future housing diversity in Arvada.
Existing City Housing Programs
- Community Development Block Grant Funding
- Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
- Human Services Grant Funding
- Essential Home Repairs
- Accessory Dwelling Units
- Homebuyer Assistance Program
- Safe and Accessible Arvada and Help for Homes Program
- Homelessness Task Force
City Partnerships with Other Agencies
The City, in partnership with other agencies, is studying a number of long term solutions. The following documents provide some context and background on the affordable/attainable housing issues facing Arvada and the State of Colorado.
Jefferson County Affordable Housing Study
- Jefferson County Affordable Housing Study: Developer Barriers & Incentives (Presented to City Council on September 26, 2016)
Senior and Workforce Housing in Arvada
Senior and Workforce Housing in Arvada (December 2016)
Ideas Being Explored Throughout the Country
- Housing Alternatives Part 2: Market Solutions - Pull-apart Townhomes, Live-work, Micro-Apartments, and Co-Housing
Arvada Housing Authority and Housing Preservation and Resources Division
- Main Telephone Number: 720-898-7494
- Main Telephone Number: 720-898-7535
- by Community and Economic Development