We're the Neighborhood Development Collaborative

Attainable Single-Family Homeownership

Buying your own home is an important step in the continuum of housing. It stabilizes families, strengthens schools, and creates pathways to the middle class. However, the cost of for-sale housing across the Front Range is increasing at rates that drastically outpace income growth. NDC members work to ensure that every family has an equal opportunity to enter the housing market by providing homebuyer education and housing counseling; developing quality, below-market rate homes; and by offering offering home repair and rehabilitation programs for current owners.

Affordable Rental
Housing

The Denver-Metro region is currently one of the fastest-growing areas in America. Because people moving here tend to be mid-higher income, and because new construction has not quite kept pace with growth, rents are skyrocketing across the Front Range. NDC members work to create housing that is safe, secure, affordable, and reasonably close to job centers and/or transit so that people of all incomes can afford to work AND live in the region.

Permanent Supportive Housing

Decreasing affordability has pushed more people across the Front Range into homelessness, a trend that has been worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic. Adequate shelter provision is essential, but equally essential is the development of Permanently Supportive Housing. Stable housing has proved time and again to be the best and most economical way to lift people out of homelessness. NDC members provide housing opportunities for Metro-area neighbors who are exiting homelessness and offer wrap-around supportive services that provide a foundation for people to get back on their feet.

About NDC

The Neighborhood Development Collaborative (NDC), is a 501(c)3 community development corporation composed of 18 Front Range affordable housing and community development organizations.

Our mission is to provide affordable housing, community-oriented commercial development, and comprehensive housing resources for disinvested communities across Metro Denver; educate metro-area stakeholders and municipalities about the importance of affordable housing; and decrease the percentage of metro-area residents who are housing-cost burdened by facilitating strategic collaboration between members.

Collectively, NDC members have supported nearly 23,000 Colorado households by providing affordable homeownership and rental opportunities, and have served many more through housing counseling and other community programs.

For more information, contact NDC Executive Director, Jonathan Cappelli, at Jonathan@CappelliConsulting.com. To learn more about the work of our individual members, click below.

Our Challenge

Front Range cities need to create systems that support a household’s progression through the entire continuum of housing:

  • Critical Needs (30% AMI or below)
  • Workforce Rental (30-80% AMI)
  • Workforce Ownership (60-120% AMI)

Unfortunately, the local housing market is not producing enough affordable housing to support these needs. For workforce renters, prices continue to go up and are becoming less affordable by the year. In total, there are 68,000 cost-burdened renters, paying more than 30% of their incomes on housing costs, and for households with critical needs there is a gap of 15,500 affordable units. This gap is further exacerbated by higher-income households renting down, leading to a real gap of 26,000 units for 30% or below AMI. Among homeowners, 35,000 are cost burdened and 11,000 of these are senior households. Aspiring owners also face a supply gap of affordable homes which affects a large sample of the Front Range workforce. 

NDC members were interviewed for an article CNN Money published addressing How Colorado became one of the least affordable places to live in the U.S.

Why Housing?

Your home is your safe-space. It is your place of rest, recuperation, and rejuvenation. Numerous studies show that having a place to live is the linchpin of an individual’s social, economic, and psychological stability–and that insecure housing has an especially negative impact on children. Furthermore, for every $500 in additional rental costs for low-income families, food insecurity increases by 10%. What is perhaps less well-known is that building new affordable housing has a very positive local economic effect – resulting in a steep increase in both temporary (construction) and long-term jobs.

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Take Action

In light of the increasing cost of living, rising home prices and rent rates, and diminishing federal funds, it is imperative that the City of Denver increase funding for affordable housing and create or support strong housing programs. 

Learn More About Affordable Housing

Unlike the affordable housing developments of the past, modern affordable housing is often mixed-income, mixed-use, and aesthetically indistinguishable from market-rate housing. Not only do these developments address the increasing lack of affordable housing options along Colorado’s Front Range, but they also stimulate development and create jobs.

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Join NDC

NDC is building a diverse coalition of organizations to help support this initiative. Please click below to learn how to help.

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Contact Info

Address: 3275 West 14th Avenue, Suite #202 Denver, CO 80204

Telephone: (970) 948-4614

Fax: (303) 433-0924

Email: Jonathan@CappelliConsulting.com