Habitat Metro Denver
July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022
July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022
Over the past few years, We’ve all heard many parents say, “It takes a village” when referring to how they raised school-age children through the challenges of COVID. We couldn’t agree more. And this is true not just during a global pandemic – or for parenting. It takes a village to solve the little and big challenges in our lives.
For too many people in our community, stable housing is the greatest challenge they face. Denver’s affordable housing crisis has worsened in the last year, and this billion-dollar problem cannot be tackled by any one entity or approach. At Habitat for Humanity, we believe in the power of partnership to accomplish great things and solve our toughest challenges.
Here are a few highlights from the past year:
Thank you for playing a vital role in Habitat’s work. Your partnership and support give me hope. We will achieve our vision because we are a village of caring, wise, empathetic people on a mission to build a brighter future.
Your humble partner,
Heather Lafferty, CEO
Every day, you’re hearing about the rising cost of housing in Denver. Everyone from your neighbors to news anchors seems to have it on their minds. What do the headlines mean? And how can we make positive change together? Here’s a breakdown.
Too many of our neighbors are struggling due to rising rents. Many have to make extremely difficult financial decisions for themselves and their families.
*1-year ACS and HOST dashboard, 2010-2019
1/4 of households in Denver have to choose between paying rent or purchasing other essentials, like healthy food and transportation.
Teachers, nurses, first responders, local business owners and other essential members of our workforce cannot afford to purchase a home at market rate.
**Colorado Association of Realtors
Low housing supply is keeping families from finding and buying homes. It remains hard for many people to find homes to buy, before cost even comes into the picture.
***Common Sense Institute: Housing Blueprint White Paper
Chavella and her girls have lived in the same small apartment for 12 years, and the aging building has had regular plumbing issues. As the teens grow, and Chavella works from home as an analyst for an insurance company, the family has been feeling more and more limited on space.
As Chavella becomes a homeowner, “Freedom, security, and stability” are top of mind for her.
Freedom for her daughters to have space to grow and pursue their own dreams. The security of a regular mortgage payment and fewer maintenance challenges. And more stability in her job as she sets up an office space at home.
After the move, the family will also live closer to Chavella’s mom, so they can be together more often and put down roots in Chavella’s hometown, near the neighborhood where she grew up.
Proceeds from our Denver ReStore locations help build and repair homes for hard-working families right here in our community!
Just like our home construction and repair programs, the ReStores are run by a team of committed staff and volunteers! Volunteers gave a total of 38,487 hours to support the ReStores this year.
Tyler Watlington joined the ReStores as a volunteer in 2019 during a time of transition in her life. And what started as a desire to volunteer quickly turned into a commitment – and a community. Tyler can often been seen monitoring the floor, supporting customers and sorting inventory at the Denver ReStore. “It’s just joy. It’s therapeutic,” Tyler says of her service as a Core Volunteer at the ReStore. “The team doesn’t take themselves too seriously – but just seriously enough to get the job done. And they play good music!”
After breaking ground at Aria Homes by Habitat in March 2021, we have loved seeing this community take shape. Thanks to our partners, this development is becoming a neighborhood that fosters connectedness and diversity. If you volunteered with us at Aria this year, thank you! We hope you have enjoyed seeing the progress of these homes as much as we have.
Aria Homes by Habitat is located eight minutes from downtown and a short distance from I-70 and other major arteries into the city. The 28 homes Habitat Metro Denver is building include two-, three- and four-bedroom units.
Thanks to an ongoing, strategic partnership between South Metro Housing Options (SMHO) and Habitat Metro Denver, dozens of families will be purchasing affordable homes in Littleton, one of the most sought-after and high-demand areas in Metro Denver. Although many families are often priced out of Littleton due to high demand and low housing inventory, our partnership with SMHO is adding permanent, affordable for-sale homes to Littleton’s housing stock.
These Littleton Homes are being sold to families of all sizes, including people who play essential roles in the community – like Chris.
Chris’s line of work had previously made it difficult for him to find an affordable, safe place to live. He works long and late hours at Jake’s in Downtown Littleton, a community hub where he enjoys offering patrons his quick wit and a listening ear. He worked hard to pay off his debts, but homeownership still felt out of reach.
“Before I bought my home, nothing was stable – and my mood wasn’t stable either,” said Chris, who had been working in local restaurants since he moved to Littleton from Houston in 2013.
For those in the service industry like Chris, homeownership brings stability, peace of mind, and – most powerfully – the chance to build community.
The two single-family homes that Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver is building this year in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood are in Curtis Park, directly adjacent to Mestizo-Curtis Park. These unique homes are a blend of the historic and the modern – designed to honor the historic architecture of the area, but also embracing modern, efficient building techniques. Join us as we look both back and to the future in Curtis Park.
Habitat Metro Denver’s strong partnerships and collaborative spirit are contributing to a unique affordable housing community next year. Habitat is partnering with Mile High Ministries to develop a mixed-use, mixed-income affordable housing community called Clara Brown Commons in Denver’s Cole neighborhood.
Habitat will build 17 new, for-sale townhomes for the project, helping to expand affordable workforce housing in the Cole neighborhood.
After a difficult series of illnesses and surgeries in 2021, Arvada resident Jane was focused on taking care of her own health. Unfortunately, her home was simultaneously in need of updates.
After receiving care from CVNA nurses through the CAPABLE program, the Habitat Metro Denver home repair team spent several months repairing Jane’s flooring, installing a new kitchen sink, replacing cabinets and installing three new windows. Most importantly, they developed deep friendships.