to Community Housing Partners (CHP)
Easter baskets for children at Tollgate Creek Townhomes
The students at the Peace with Christ Lutheran Christian School presented delightful Easter baskets to children at our Tollgate Creek Townhomes. The 27 fun-filled baskets were specially tailored towards each child. Peace with Christ Lutheran Church at 3290 S. Tower Road in Aurora has been a remarkable partner over the years and we look forward to planning in-person events with them again in the not so distant future.
Spring household baskets for families at Plaza Townhomes
CHP partnered with our retired Board member's, Lois Astler, Alpha Iota DKG service project to prepare baskets filled with snacks, candy, and housekeeping items for all of our Plaza Townhomes families. Our Resident Services Coordinator, Judy Lopez, gathered her extended family to help distribute the 30 baskets. Judy is also connecting residents who have fallen behind on rent to the new rental assistance programs created through federal COVID relief funding.
Eagle Meadow Homes to pursue funding in 2021
CHP applied for State Low Income Housing Tax Credits through the Colorado Housing & Finance Authority (CHFA) in August 2020 to construct 93 units. Eagle Meadow Homes is proposed to be located at our 14875 E. 2nd Avenue site in Aurora, just north of the Aurora City Center and backing up to Tollgate Creek.
Unfortunately, we weren't awarded credits due to high statewide competition. We plan to re-apply in August of 2021 with a mix of incomes between 30-60% of the area median income. This will include units set-aside for formerly homeless families through Aurora@Home's Rapid Rehousing program for those making less than 30% of the area median income.
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?