Denver is experiencing tremendous growth. By 2040, our population is projected to be 894,000 – a 20% increase from today. We are at crossroads in Denver and need a proven collaborator and coalition builder to bring a long-term approach to our growth challenges.
Growth is great—but it comes with financial and logistical challenges. We must do everything we can to ensure every Denver resident has a roof over his or her head, and guarantee that those who already rent or own their homes are able to stay in them. I support state-level efforts for addressing renter’s rights and what support can be provided at the municipal level.
I support the strategic use of land to support new housing initiatives, the reformation of outdated zoning codes, the recent increase in local marijuana tax (from 3.5 to 5.5 percent) to support housing projects, non-traditional and group housing proposals, and the Affordable Housing Fund, which will generate more than $150 million in funds over the next decade.
Just a few programs are listed below to help connect and engage residents:
The City of Denver’s “Housing an Inclusive Denver Program“
SunshineHomeShare.org – home sharing for our older communities. A program that uses a thoughtful matching process to promote safety and compatibility while supporting a mutually beneficial relationship between the Home Provider and the Home Seeker.
LiveDenver.org – Lower Income Voucher Equity program creates immediate affordable housing options by connecting vacant rental units with working families and individuals.