to Community Housing Partners (CHP)
April 28, 2023 -
We'll be moving dirt soon for Eagle Meadow Homes in Aurora!
Please join us at 14875 E. 2nd Avenue (east of Sable and northwest of Aurora City Center) on Wednesday, May 17 at 4 pm to mark the Groundbreaking of Eagle Meadow Homes. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
CHP and our partners Dwelling Development,
Cuningham Group Architecture, Palace
Construction, NV5 and Brothers Property
Management have been coordinating with the
City of Aurora to obtain all permits.
We're wrapping up the city entitlement
process and closed financing with our partners:
Enterprise Community Partners is our federal
& state investor and our lender is Pacific
Western Bank. The Housing Authority of the City of Aurora (AHA) is partnering to provide sales and property tax exemption. The Colorado Division of Housing, Arapahoe County and the City of Aurora have also provided a combination of loans/grants to help with unprecedented construction cost and insurance escalation - 25% increase since our Colorado Housing & Finance Authority (CHFA) award in November 2021!
The first 93 units will be in two buildings, as part of a larger planned 141-unit development on 4.84 acres. The units will serve households earning between 30-60% of the area median income (AMI). The average income will be 48% AMI, plus we'll have 11 units reserved at 30% AMI for formerly homeless families. The units will be larger for families with children, with 75% being 2 and 3-bedroom units. The development will be all electric with solar panels. Two light rail stations are less than a mile of the site, and two shopping centers are one-half mile southwest of the site. The development will preserve the area backing up to the improved Tollgate Creek and will be pedestrian friendly.
After nearly five years of planning, we're excited to start construction. Please join us at 14875 E. 2nd Avenue (east of Sable and northwest of Aurora City Center) on Wednesday, May 17 at 4 pm to mark this special milestone. Please RSVP to Signy Mikita at email@example.com. Construction is expected to be complete by early July 2024. Brothers Property Management will accept applications 120-days in advance of move-ins.
Peace with Christ Lutheran Church provides colorful Easter Baskets for Tollgate Creek Children
For over a decade our friends at Peace with Christ Lutheran Church (3290 S Tower Rd, Aurora) have been tailoring holiday treats for the children at Townhomes at Tollgate Creek (17236 E Baltic Pl) and this year they provided 30 baskets for the kids.
Families are still struggling even after the pandemic with rent, utilities, internet, furniture and unpaid bills. Please consider a donation to help formerly homeless and at-risk families at our Plaza Townhomes at Macon & Moline and Townhomes at Tollgate Creek throughout the year:
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 37 years, it has been able to make this vision a reality. Until 2013, AHC was a sister organization to the Aurora Housing Authority (AHA) 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 AHA. As a stand-alone agency, CHP continues as a non-profit and has the same mission of ensuring safe affordable, service-enriched housing. As the City grows as a business and healthcare center, the housing needs 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 - by December 2022 the average rent in Aurora was $1,737 and higher in Denver at $1,994.
What is the issue for lower-income 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 earning $12.56 an hour working full time, their gross income is $26,125 a year, and they gross $2,177 monthly. Can they afford to pay fair market rent for a 2 or 3 bedroom at $1,659 to 2,226 a month? Probably not. This forces them to use the bulk of their earnings just on rent. What about food.... clothing.... school supplies.... etc?