1300 Canyon Blvd
Boulder, CO 80306
(use the door on the Northeast corner)
City of Boulder
P.O. Box 791
Boulder, CO 80306
What We do
To preserve and provide safe, quality and affordable housing opportunities through regional collaborative community planning and funding of programs
Current housing prices within the City of Boulder are out of reach for many, including critical community employees such as teachers, health care workers, service and retail workers, child care providers and others. Long-term Boulder residents find it hard to stay in their hometown, and other professionals struggle to live in the community where they work.
High housing prices leave people with little choice but to find affordable housing elsewhere and join the tens of thousands of commuters contributing to traffic congestion, pollution, and urban sprawl. High housing costs place the economic diversity of the community at risk and can also influence the demographics of the community, with many low- and middle-income families seeking more affordable housing options outside of the city limits.
Many households are "cost burdened" - paying more than the national standard of 30 percent or less of income for housing. A disproportionate amount of income used for housing reduces income available to take care of other needs - e.g., food, clothing, child care, health care - and can create additional demand for human services to assist with those basic needs. Research has shown that stable, affordable housing is pivotal to enabling families to attend to other needs, be self-sufficient and productive members of the community.
Boulder's Affordable Housing Goal
Boulder's current affordable housing goal - 10 percent of the housing stock as affordable by the year 2011 - was established in 2000 by City Council as a result of substantial study and community discussion on the need for affordable housing.
Strategies to Meet Boulder's Affordable Housing Goal
A number of different strategies are being pursued to reach the affordable housing goal including:
It is the Division of Housing's goal that these efforts will contribute to long-lasting social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits that will help preserve the unique and high quality of life for which Boulder is known.
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<align="left">Affordable housing includes a mix of shelter, group homes, congregate care, rental and homeownership options, and is acquired through both the acquisition of existing units and new construction. A variety of income levels and populations are served, from those struggling with homelessness, to special populations, seniors, and workers in the community.
Homeownership Programs:Assists income and asset eligible households to purchase permanently affordable homes through marketing, education and outreach, income certification, down payment assistance and housing rehabilitation funds.
Asset Management & Compliance: Ensures that affordable homes are serving the intended population and are in compliance with program and funding requirements through tracking (maintaining records, database, recording and tracking of legal documents) and assuring compliance with federal and local regulations.
Last Updated on Monday, 04 March 2013 23:27