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to Community Housing Partners (CHP)

 

Community Housing Partners is soliciting qualified candidates interested in providing Construction Manager / General Contractor Services for Eagle Meadow Homes located at 14875 E. 2nd Avenue in Aurora, CO. This RFQP is available as of March 4, 2022. Interested applicants may obtain the RFQP by contacting the owner’s representative, NV5, via e-mail at: john.usery@nv5.com

 

Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting is March 14, 2022 at 2:00 pm

Deadline for responses is March 22, 2022 at 3:00 pm

The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) awarded Community Housing Partners State Affordable Housing Tax Credits to build our planned Eagle Meadow Homes. The State Tax Credits, combined with federal low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs), will provide over half of the equity needed to construct the $32 million housing development.

Eagle Meadow Homes (EMH) Phase 1 will have 93 units at 14875 E. 2nd Avenue in Aurora, east of Sable Avenue and northwest of Aurora City Center. The 93 units will be in two buildings, as part of the first phase of the planned 162-unit development on 4.82 acres. The units will serve families earning between 30 to 60% of the area median income (AMI), with 26% of units at 30%- 40% AMI, over half at 50% AMI and the remainder at 60% AMI.

CHP designed Eagle Meadow Homes recognizing the need for service-enriched housing with set-aside units for formerly homeless families, including families living in motels or doubled up. The units will be set-aside during lease-up for homeless families in the Aurora@Home Rapid Rehousing Program (RRH), which provides rental assistance and case management.

 

The project is well designed to serve families. The two and three bedrooms will have a balcony or patio. The three-story buildings will have interior stairways - there will be no long common corridors which can sometimes be noisy. There is ample open space and outdoor play areas. The clubhouse is 2,400 square feet with a spacious and flexible community room that can be configured for exercise classes and events. There will be an on-site office for a Resident Service Coordinator who will help residents navigate resources.

CHP also plans to start a weekly afterschool program, adult education and training, and monthly activities for children.

 

Eagle Meadow Homes site is well situated for a family development. There are two light rail stations within a mile of the site. A paved pathway was recently completed adjacent to the northern boundary. Some redevelopment and several new restaurants have opened in the Aurora City Place Shopping Mall and Town Center at Aurora, two large retail centers 0.5 miles southwest of the site. The site is very walkable and there are designated bike lanes on E. 2nd Avenue. The development is within a mile of an elementary, middle, and high school and busing is available.

 

Construction is anticipated to start in February of 2023. 

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CHP 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. CHP has two service-enriched housing developments totaling 90 units that offer supportive services to all residents, and is planning to build 162 units in two phases, with 93 units in Phase 1 to be built by early 2024.  

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.

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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?