Affordable Housing Review Team
As the City of Denver continues to face a crisis in the lack of affordable housing, a dedicated Affordable Housing Review Team was created to prioritize these much-needed housing projects and reduce the overall time it takes to permit them.
Departments overseeing this program include:
- Community Planning and Development (CPD),
- Denver Fire Department (DFD),
- Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI),
- Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), and
- Department of Housing Stability (HOST).
Image: La Tela Condos, 2021 Mayor's Design Award winner
In order to qualify for the program, projects must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) funded affordable housing projects
- Any project with a funding commitment from the city's Department of Housing Stability (HOST)
- Any Denver Housing Authority (DHA) project
- Any deed-restricted Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) that will be used for affordable housing
- Projects restricted by law, covenant, deed, contract, or any other legally enforceable instrument to provide affordable housing and developed by a community land trust or other non-profit developer (such as Habitat for Humanity)
- Any other affordable housing project that has dedicated at least 20% of the units for households earning 80% or less of the area median income and has a term affordability commitment in line with HOST requirements
- Projects that chose to comply with the "enhanced build on-site requirement" of the city's Expanding Housing Affordability Ordinance
Please note: This is a new program in Denver and while it gets underway, projects that are 100% affordable will receive priority.
To be considered for the program, please submit the following documentation with your initial concept plan or building permit application (for projects not subject to a site development plan):
(Downloadable checklist coming soon. Please email Angela Thomas Graves if you have questions)
Note: Projects that are unable to demonstrate that they meet the eligibility requirements at the time of concept plan submittal can still request to be considered for the program at a future date, such as by including the above documentation when submitting the first formal site development plan.