We're the Neighborhood Development Collaborative

Single Family Homes

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 in Denver 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 quality, below-market rate homes to qualifying families.

Rental Housing

Denver is currently one of the fastest-growing cities in America. Because people moving here tend to be mid-higher income, and because new building has not quite kept pace with the growth, rents are skyrocketing across the city. 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 Denver.

Office, Commercial, and Community Space

As Denver grows and becomes an increasingly desirable place to start or relocate businesses, the cost of renting commercial space increases. Non-profits, human service organizations, and community-oriented businesses often cannot afford the increased rates, so NDC members create commercial, facility, and office space for a whole range of businesses and non-profits.

About NDC

The Neighborhood Development Collaborative (NDC), is a 501(c)3 community development corporation composed of 13 Denver-based 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.

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

Our Challenge

Denver needs to create a system that supports 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)2017 AMI Table

Unfortunately, Denver 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, 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 Denver’s workforce. 

NDC members were recently interviewed for an article CNN Money published on November 1st, 2017 addressing How Colorado became one of the least affordable places to live in the U.S.

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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. In the fall of 2016, City Council approved a dedicated fund for affordable housing through property tax revenue and a one-time fee on new development. The fund is estimated to raise $150 million over 10 years and create or preserve 3,000 affordable homes by 2023. The public review draft of the City’s new five year housing strategy, Housing an Inclusive Denver, is currently undergoing final revisions. 

Learn More About Affordable Housing

Unlike the affordable housing developments of the past, modern affordable housing in Denver 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 in Denver, 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