Resources & Research
The Pikes Peak Housing Network, previously known as the Affordable Housing Collaborative, has completed reports on housing affordability best practices in key cities similar to Colorado Springs including Albuquerque New Mexico, Austin Texas, and Boise Idaho. (Include a small teaser of reports)
Please also see the Housing for All Final Report completed by the Pikes Peak Housing Network in April of 2022. This reviews the progress of the Pikes Peak Housing Network from 2019-2021 in addition to housing affordability resources and leaders in the Pike Peak Region.
Note: Pikes Peak Housing Network is previously known as the Affordable Housing Collaborative.
Best Practices for Housing Affordability in Key Cities:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Pikes Peak Housing Network has developed a Funding Toolbox with housing affordability funding research.
If you are interested in federal sources of income, Colorado state funding sources, and other resources related to housing affordability programs, visit here. ‘If you have additions to the toolbox you would like to submit, please visit here and note “Funding Toolbox”.
Specific Funding Toolbox additions include information on Housing Development Grant Funds (HDG), the Housing Development Loan Fund (HDLF), the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, the Colorado Housing Investment Fund (CHIF), the National Housing Trust Fund (HTF), Colorado Housing Finance Authority (CHFA), Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), Opportunity Zones, the Housing Trust Fund, City Funding Sources from the City of Colorado Springs, ESG Programs, Operating Zones, and the Community Development Developer Portal.
LOCAL AND STATE REPORT AND RESEARCH FINDINGS
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Solid Rock Development Corporation – Serving and working together to revitalize the southeast community of Colorado Springs.
El Paso County Housing Authority– The El Paso County Housing Authority was established to help promote the availability of affordable, accessible housing in the county for persons of limited means.
HomeCOS– Housing Our Future – Housing Our Future is the blueprint for reaching the city’s goal “to build, preserve and create opportunities to purchase an average of 1,000 affordable units per year over the next five years.”
PlanCOS– The Community’s Plan for the physical development of Colorado Springs. Click here for a breakdown of each chapter and downloads.
ReToolCOS – City of Colorado Springs Zoning Ordinance Update: The work done through the zoning update supports the implementation of PlanCOS. Click here to learn more about the zoning updates.
El Paso County Housing Authority – The Housing Authority helps promote the availability of affordable, accessible housing in the county for persons of limited means. Click here for updates.
Turnkey Plus Program— Local government-sponsored downpayment assistance resource in the region).
Single-Family Rehabilitation Program– Assist with aging in place.
- LiveAffordablyColorado.org— An advocacy and educational campaign by Housing Colorado includes a toolkit resource for members and community stakeholders to frame the conversation around Colorado’s housing crisis.
- Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) —Stakeholder Engagement Report This information is from the State’s listening sessions from 2019 engaging stakeholders on affordable housing policy in Colorado.
- Renter Rights – Colorado enacted many new laws to better protect renters this year. These laws will help
renters—including mobile homeowners—avoid eviction and financial burdens, and advance access to justice for those facing eviction.
- Sunshine Home Share Colorado– 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.
- affordablehousingonline.com– Search Low-income Apartments and Waiting Lists
- research.ppld.org– Pikes Peak Library District’s source for research assistance, subject guides, and library resources.
- infoforseniorliving.com– Affordable senior living options.
- apartments.com– Helping renters find their perfect fit.
- lowincomehousing.us – Find housing affordability rentals & housing options for low-income families and individuals.
- Section 8 Housing Assistance
- Affordable Advisors LLC –Affordable Housing Advisors is dedicated to providing excellent guidance and highly customized assistance to affordable housing developers
- Affordable Housing Consultants Inc. – Affordable Housing Consultants, Inc. is a family-owned and operated real estate and consulting firm offering many services including; HUD programs and applications, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, Development and/or management.
Cohen-Estrey Development Group– They are experts at designing innovative funding solutions to deliver high quality housing options for working families and low income senior citizens.
- Goodwin Knight Developer — Exceptional communities, quality, attainable housing.
- Inland Construction Group – The Inland Group specializes in high density residential development and construction. They are currently actively developing and constructing, projects specially focused around income and age restricted multifamily housing across the western and mid-west states.
- Indie Dwell— indie Dwell builds healthy, durable, energy-efficient, sustainable housing at the lowest cost possible in partnership with foundations, non-profits, housing authorities and like-minded developers.
MCG (Medici Consulting Group)– MCG is a community developer, they view their role as not just providing housing but creating community. Each project is built with a true commitment to the people who will live there and sets MCG apart from the traditional developer. MCG provides consulting services and expertise in the planning, development and construction of housing and mixed-use projects including services associated with the management and the negotiant of financing packages, regulatory and entitlement processes, consultant management, contractor bidding and construction management.
Mercy Housing – Mercy Housing is redefining affordable, low-income housing. They are a national nonprofit organization that is working towards a more humane world where communities are healthy and all people can develop their full potential. Mercy Housing is one of the nation’s largest affordable housing organizations. They participate in the development, preservation, management and /or financing of affordable, program-enriched housing across the country. They acquire and renovate existing housing as well as develop new affordable rental property.
Radian/The Congregation Land– In partnership with Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, Radian has created The Congregation Land Campaign, which brings a creative and promising model of affordable housing development to the state. The Campaign will help address this essential need while also supporting diverse faith-based communities in advancing their value around community development
- RCH Jones– RCH Jones Consulting specializes in providing complete financial underwriting and development advisement services for developers and investors of affordable housing communities across the nations.
- The Commonwealth Companies– The Commonwealth Companies is a team of highly experienced developers, contractors designers, and property managers. Since 2001, they have been a leader in innovative real estate development of affordable housing, cost-efficient construction processes, unique architectural design, and state-of-the-art property operations.
- Urban Ventures–The mission of Urban Ventures is to redevelop urban properties into communities that make a positive contribution to the neighborhood fabric and crate sustaining value. Their focus in real estate development and consulting.
- Volunteers of America (VOA)–VOA is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing, they also provide the vital support services needed to thrive.
Western Region Nonprofit Housing Corporation – Western Region Nonprofit Housing Corporation (WRNPHC) is an approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Formed in October 2003, its mission is the preservation of existing low‐income and affordable housing stock across the United States. To date, WRNPHC has preserved 1,389 units of HUD Section 8 housing, and rehabilitated 225 units across seven states.
WRNPHC carefully selected its team of consultants, who are knowledgeable in Low Income Housing Tax Credits, HUD Section 8, HUD Mark‐to‐Market, USDA RDA, and other programs.
WRNPHC meticulously oversees every aspect of a project’s development, from the negotiation phase to acquiring funding to construction management concluding with turning the property over to trusted property management. WRNPHC remains an active participant and provides oversight in the coordination of property management and supportive services delivery.
- CHFA: CHFA Developers Guide – The intention of the Guide is to help support local for-profit and nonprofit developers, community leaders, and advocates seeking to ensure that safe, decent, and affordable housing is an intentional and integrated part of their community fabric. The Guide is dedicated to all Coloradans who are seeking housing stability and economic prosperity.
UNDERSTANDING THE MISSING MIDDLE
- Missing Middle Housing Types— Located in walkable neighborhoods, these needed, mid-size, often multifamily residences are compatible in scale and form with detached single-family homes.
- The ‘Missing’ Affordable Housing Solution — Historically-inspired mid-sized residences can provide needed housing options for people of all ages.