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August 23, 2019 Updates: Partnership with Brothers Property Management
Community Housing Partners is pleased to partner with Brothers Property Management to be our new property management agent for Plaza Townhomes at Macon & Moline and Townhomes at Tollgate Creek in Aurora.
Brothers Property Management is part of non-profit Brothers Redevelopment, Inc. that provides affordable housing for more than 526 elderly or family households at its 13 communities located throughout the Denver metro area. CHP selected Brothers because their mission aligns with ours, and they offer housing related services for residents and many other programs. To find out more, please visit their website: https://brothersredevelopment.org/.
CHP's case manager, Catherine Barnes, is expanding her role to be a service coordinator to provide support for CHP's 90 households at Plaza and Tollgate. She will help residents remain stably housed and prevent evictions by counseling and connecting them with local resources.
Brothers Redevelopment's newest community, Paris Family Apartments, is a 39-unit apartment community that will open in August and will serve families and veterans. Located at 1702 Paris Street, it will be less than a mile from CHP's 30-unit Plaza Townhomes. Given the proximity, we will benefit with shared staffing between Plaza Townhomes and Paris Family Apartments.
E. 2nd Ave. & Sable Site Purchased for 80-100 units
In late March 2019, Community Housing Partners purchased 4.82 acres of vacant land for a new housing development at E. 2nd Avenue & Sable in Aurora. Located within one mile of light rail and the Aurora Municipal Center, the site backs to Tollgate Creek. We plan to provide supportive services for all residents, and to set-aside units for formerly homeless families through the Aurora@Home Collaborative.
We had originally planned to apply for 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credits/ State Tax Credits in 2019; however, due to the currently approved pipeline in the primary market area, we decided to wait until 2020. The wait has been beneficial - the City of Aurora updated its Zoning Ordinance in August of 2019 which has positively impacted development requirements permitting 80-100 units, while reducing parking spaces. Additionally, the Tollgate Creek Confluence Channel project is underway which will improve the adjacent Tollgate Creek and will reduce the floodplain impacts.
Co-working Office Space off of I-25 and Hampden
To reduce time and budget spent on office administration, our two person staff has moved to a "Co-working" office space near I-25 & Hampden Avenue:
7535 E. Hampden Avenue, Suite 400
Denver, CO 80231
Our emails and phone numbers remain the same:
Signy Mikita, Executive Director
Catherine Barnes, Case Manager/Service Coordinator
Community Housing Partners is intent on seeing that families in Aurora Colorado have access to safe and affordable housing
Colorado has become a much desired place to live. The City of Aurora and the entire metro Denver area is experiencing dynamic growth in many sectors so the housing market is greatly impacted. Affordable housing is at a premium due to the fact that landlords are able to charge more and be very selective for a very limited number of units…. essentially leaving low to moderate income families out in the cold- literally.
CHP has grown from a small corporation that was run by the Aurora Housing Authority to a stand-alone, not for profit that has a passion for housing justice. CHP's belief is that housing is a basic human right and should be accessible to all. Currently, CHP owns two service-enriched housing developments totaling 90 units that offer supportive services to all residents, and is planning to build another 80-90 unit development.
Community Housing Partners
Serving Aurora Family Members...
Community Housing Partners serves low and moderate income families, many of whom were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, by developing affordable rental housing, and offering rapid rehousing and supportive services.
Where it all began...
The Aurora Housing Corporation (AHC) was founded in 1985 as a 501(c)3 organization so it could access Federal dollars for the ongoing operation of its properties. This ability allowed AHC to keep its rents at an affordable level. For these past 32 years, it has been able to make this vision a reality. Until 2013, AHC was a sister organization to the Aurora Housing Authority and as such it purchased and built several developments through this partnership.
Who are we today…
In 2013, AHC changed its name to Community Housing Partners and separated from Aurora Housing Authority.
As a stand-alone agency, CHP continues as a non-profit and has the same mission of ensuring safe affordable housing. As the City of Aurora grows as a business and healthcare center, the housing needs in the area are changing. CHP sees the need to keep an affordability level so that the lowest income and work force (moderate income) families are able to live and work there.
Who lives with us?
CHP houses many families who are in need of affordable rents due to a myriad of life circumstance. Some are refugees from various Asian and African nations. Others have been homeless due to recent circumstances such as the death of a spouse or leaving a domestic violence situation. Some have histories of being homeless with many internal barriers. Others earn low wages that don't support the market rate rents - during the summer of 2017, the average metro rent was $1,420!
What is the issue for poor families?
HUD maintains that people should not have to spend more than 30% of their earnings on housing. So what does that mean to a family of 4? If a single head of a household with 3 children earns $10 an hour working full time, their gross income is $20,800 a year, and they gross $1,733 monthly (net around $1,250). Can they afford to pay market rent for a 2 or 3 bedroom at $1,300 to 1,800 a month? Probably not. This forces them to use the bulk of their earnings just on rent. What about food.... clothing.... school supplies.... etc?