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HELP AURORA FAMILIES AVOID EVICTION WITH YOUR COLORADO TAX REFUND
For 2020, Community Housing Partners set up a Small Balance Fund for residents at our two Aurora developments that are short/late on small amounts of rent, or other urgent needs (medical needs, diapers, furniture, meals, etc). The fund has already helped 12 families.
If you are expecting a Colorado Income Tax Refund, for the first time you can now donate all or part of your refund to a nonprofit other than those listed on the "Voluntary Contributions" Schedule. Go to the new option of "Donate to a Colorado Nonprofit Fund" and insert these 3 items:
1) Aurora Housing Corporation DBA Community Housing Partners
2) CCSA Registration # - 20093003523
3) $ Amount of Donation
Note: Only designate one write-in nonprofit; Give all or a part of your refund;
Only give up to the amount of your total refund; Individual taxpayer information
is confidential so your donation is anonymous.
For more information go to: RefundWhatMatters.org
If you aren't expecting a refund, but would still like to donate to the Small Rent Balance Fund, you can donate anytime through Colorado Gives Day: www.coloradogives.org/ahc/overview then "DONATE"
December 4, 2019 Updates: Planned E. 2nd Avenue Homes may double units
CHP purchased 4.82 acres of land in March with plans to build 82 units of affordable housing at E. 2nd Avenue & Sable in Aurora. We had originally planned to apply for competitive State Tax Credits in 2019, but 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 density, permitting more units while reducing parking spaces. Less pavement reduces our footprint on the land and is better for the environment.
The Tollgate Creek Confluence Channel project is underway which is improving the adjacent creek and reducing the floodplain area.
Within one mile of light rail and the Aurora Municipal Center, the site is centrally located, yet quiet and backs to Tollgate Creek. We are planning for a total of 162 units for families with a majority of 2- and 3- bedroom units. We plan to provide supportive services for all residents, and to set-aside units for formerly homeless families with the Aurora@Home Collaborative.
Services expanding for households at Plaza and Tollgate Creek Townhomes
CHP's Catherine Barnes has expanded her role to be a full-time Resident Service Coordinator and Community Builder, providing support for our 90 households at Plaza and Tollgate Townhomes. From delivering turkeys and toys, to working out rental repayment plans, to in-depth counseling after traumatic events, she's engaging with residents to keep them stably housed.
Catherine helped a young single mother at-risk of eviction maintain her housing at Plaza through communication with outside agencies, advocacy with property management, and providing employment support. She helped another family with a disability obtain a service dog who has become a very loving and helpful member of their household. Catherine additionally continues to provide case management to a formerly homeless family living at Plaza through Aurora@Home. The family of five will be celebrating their first Christmas together as a family with a roof over their head.
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 up to 162 units in a new 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?