Why Denver Health and other hospitals are getting into the housing business

The Denver Post highlights the issue of affordable housing in the health industry.


“One patient at Denver Health, the city’s largest safety net hospital, occupied a bed for more than four years — a hospital record of 1,558 days.

Another admitted for a hard-to-treat bacterial infection needed eight weeks of at-home IV antibiotics, but had no home.

A third, with dementia, came to the hospital after being released from the Denver County Jail. His family refused to take him back.”


Read more on The Denver Post here.

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300 more apartments, homes slated for south Fort Collins

The Coloradoan covers plans for new apartments in Fort Collins.


“A Colorado Springs developer is proposing its second project on South College Avenue, and together the two developments will bring nearly 400 units to the area south of Harmony Road.

Goodwin Knight is proposing 302 duplexes, townhomes and apartments on vacant land at the southwest corner of College Avenue and Triangle Drive — just north of Carpenter Road.

The 35-acre site abuts the Ridgewood Hills neighborhood on the west.”


Read more on The Coloradoan here.

Report: Denver leading national trend in nontraditional living arrangements

Colorado Politics covers nontraditional living arrangements in Denver.


“Household composition is changing nationally and Denver is a top example of the trend, a new report says.

The city experienced significant growth in the number of people living with roommates and other nontraditional households, according to a report released Tuesday from Apartment List called Reconfiguring the American Household.”

Denver saw 184.2% growth in households with roommates between 2007 and 2018, compared to a national growth of 28.1% in the same time period.”


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Lakewood mayoral candidates talk housing cap, crime on Colfax, affordable housing

Colorado Politics highlights affordable housing in Lakewood.


“Two candidates for Lakewood mayor discussed their goals for the city at a forum for business owners and community members Wednesday.

Councilmember Ramey Johnson is running to outseat incumbent Mayor Adam Paul in Lakewood’s upcoming election. Ballots will be mailed Oct. 11 and polls will close Nov. 5.

Lakewood’s future was affected when voters decided in the last election to limit the city’s housing construction to 1% annually in the wake of increasing population, a hot topic at Wednesday’s forum.”


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Denver has seen more growth in nontraditional households than most other large American metro areas

Denverite covers growth of nontraditional households in Denver.


“Denver is among the cities leading the United States away from the traditional nuclear family homes and toward doubling up and other nontraditional households, according to a new study by the online real estate company Apartment List.

The report attributes the shift, in part, to economic pressure.

Apartment List chief economist Igor Popov and researcher Rob Warnock analyzed U.S. Census data for both the nation and for its 25 largest metro areas. According to their study, “Reconfiguring The American Household,” since 2007 the country as a whole has seen a 28 percent increase in the number of households composed of roommates who are not related or families sharing a home with someone not related to them.”


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New Affordable Housing Development to Welcome New Residents

Mile High Cre covers new affordable housing in Aurora.


“Peoria Crossing, Aurora Housing Authority’s newest affordable housing development, located at 30th Avenue and Peoria Street in Aurora, is now complete and will open its doors to the first of many residents on Friday, October 4.

Peoria Crossing added 82-units of affordable housing to the Morris Heights neighborhood. The transit-oriented development aims to connect people to places and is within walking distance to RTD’s A Line at Peoria Station, the R Line at Fitzsimons Station, and bus lines. Employment sectors including Anschutz Medical Campus and Denver International Airport are easily accessible. Proximity to neighborhood schools, libraries, and recreation areas were a compelling draw in planning this family development.

Ratio Architects, Inc. (formerly Humphries Poli Architects) is the architect for the project. Palace Construction is the general contractor and funding for the development was provided by Regions Affordable Housing and FirstBank.”


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Colorado’s “doubled-up” households have surged since the recession. That could prolong the housing crunch.

The Colorado Sun highlights how more people are living together in Colorado.


“Tim Merrick arrived in Fort Collins with the intention of starting over, of regenerating the work life that had gone bust in Arizona while also living close to his daughter as she attended college nearby.

Then he faced the Colorado conundrum: Where could he find affordable housing?

Living off his Social Security while he searched for a place to stay, he found every avenue a dead end — until a social worker mentioned a nonprofit organization that pairs adults in search of housing with seniors 55 and older who have room in their homes.”


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Rezoning deal could make way for new skyscrapers on Denver’s Sherman Street if developers agree to build affordable housing

The Denver Post covers rezoning to make room for affordable housing downtown.


“Under the terms of a proposal expected to land in the Denver planning office this month, a trio of asphalt parking lots on Sherman Street east of downtown could be replaced with the city’s next batch of skyscrapers.

The Dikeou family plans to ask the Denver City Council to rezone a collection of lots it owns north of the state Capitol Building, making them “downtown core” properties free of height restrictions. It’s a major shakeup that would alter the City Park view plane that today caps most buildings along north Sherman at 155 feet high.”


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“Not the golden ticket”: Colorado Democrats may change Section 8 voucher rules

The Denver Post highlights the latest on Section 8 voucher rules.


“Royla Rice had the ingredients of a new life.

She’d finished her master’s degree in public administration. She was ready to move from a neighboring suburb to Colorado Springs for her career. And she had a housing voucher, an increasingly hard-to-find government benefit that helps people pay their rent.”


Read more on The Denver Post here.

FHA rule change regarding condo loans could allow more buyers to break into Boulder County market

The Denver Post covers a new FHA rule regarding condo loans.


“The Federal Housing Administration is making it easier for first-time condo buyers, often with less than perfect credit, to get mortgages.

The new condominium approval rule, which goes into effect Oct. 15, will help reduce regulatory barriers. For example, the new rule will allow certain individual condominium units to be eligible for FHA mortgage insurance even if the condominium project is not FHA approved. (The condo unit needs to be in a completed project for approval.)

The change introduces a single-unit approval process making it easier for individual condominium units to be eligible for FHA-insured financing. It also extends the recertification requirement for approved condominium projects from two to three years, and allows more mixed-use projects to be eligible for FHA insurance.”


Read more on The Denver Post here.