White Paper

Healthy Housing in Colorado: Integrating Health into the Housing Pre-Development Process 
In Housing Colorado’s June 2016 white paper, produced by University of Colorado graduate student and former Housing Colorado intern Johanna Jamison, we explore best practices for integrating health into the housing pre-development process. This in-depth analysis will detail the connections between housing and health, what’s currently being done to integrate health into the pre-development process, and best practices to use in the future. Read Healthy Housing in Colorado: Integrating Health into the Housing Pre-Development Process or view a presentation on the study's results. 

Form Based Codes and Affordable Housing
In Housing Colorado’s JUne 2015 white paper, produced by University of Colorado graduate student Debra Bristol, we explore form-based codes as an alternative to conventional zoning as a method of promoting affordable housing. As jurisdictions are looking for innovative ways of closing the gap caused by the region’s affordable housing shortage, communities across the country are using form-based codes as an additional tool to encourage the development of affordable housing. Read Form Based Codes and Affordable Housing.

NOW! Presentations

This NOW! Track was sponsored by Shaw Construction

Building affordable housing doesn’t mean cutting corners.  Affordable housing developments can be some of the most state-of-the-art apartment complexes being built in the United States today and developing these properties can be as complex as developing market-rate rental housing, and sometimes more so. Depending on the source of funding, developers and contractors may have to consider issues such as prevailing wage requirements, energy efficiency criteria, LEED framework, NEPA guidelines, transit-oriented location considerations, and providing comparable amenities to market-rate apartments. Affordable housing developers may also target their complexes toward specific populations, such as seniors and persons with special needs, and those properties involve additional considerations such as accessibility requirements.

Meeting the need for affordable rental housing is an ongoing struggle for the nation and Colorado. However, through the use of federal low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs) and loans specifically geared towards the development of affordable multifamily projects, developers can build and/or rehabilitate properties that meet a community’s needs and are also profitable.

According to Affordable Rental Housing A.C.T.I.O.N., the development of affordable rental housing not only provides homes for Colorado’s families and workforce, but also creates jobs and contributes to the growth of local economies. The LIHTC program has created more than 40,000 jobs and $3.1 billion in income in Colorado communities. Because of the ongoing need for more affordable housing, incentive programs are often oversubscribed and demand exceeds the funding supply. While navigating the requirements of these programs can be tricky, partnering with other Housing Colorado members can enrich the process and improve your outcome. 



Affordable Rental Housing A.C.T.I.O.N.: Colorado Fact Sheet

National Association of Home Builders: The Local Economic Impact of Typical Housing Tax Credit Developments

Novogradac & Company LLP: LIHTC Lexicon

Hart Research Associated: How Housing Matters: 
The Housing Crisis Continues to Loom Large in the Experiences and Attitudes of the American Public

National Association of Realtors: Field Guide to Effects of Low-Income Housing on Property Values

Mariposa, the South Lincoln Redevelopment
The Denver Housing Authority provided Housing Colorado members with a behind the scenes tour of their Mariposa site in June 2012.  This presentation provides a case study of how this site is being redeveloped.

Healthy Communities: Neighborhood Planning through a Health Equity Lens
American Public Health Association
The Community Transformation Grant program creates healthier communities by making healthy living easier and more affordable where people work, live, learn, and play. Communities are encouraged to make structural changes to the built environment and establish policies that facilitate healthier living through the development and implementation of initiatives that prevent chronic diseases. View the webinar recording.

Bending the Cost Curve: Solutions to Expand the Supply of Affordable Rentals 
This report from Enterprise and the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing, explores the many factors that raise the cost of affordable rental housing development and provides specific recommendations for bending the housing cost curve.

Useful Links


Additional Resources

PD&R is responsible for maintaining current information on housing needs, market conditions, and existing programs, as well as conducting research on priority housing and community development issues. The Office provides reliable and objective data and analysis to help inform policy decisions. PD&R is committed to involving a greater diversity of perspectives, methods, and researchers in HUD research. Learn more about PD&R.


Contributors: Novogradac & Company LLP

Subscribe To Our Newsletter