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.

NDC’s strategy is to empower low-income and disenfranchised communities to actively participate in the actual design, development, and implementation of the shared vision that results from community organizing and neighborhood planning efforts; advocate for positive community development and housing policy outcomes; and create affordable housing and developments that benefit communities.

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 84,000 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. 

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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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Our Projects

Between 2005 and 2014, NDC member entities invested over $660 million in real estate and housing programs–producing 4,266 affordable multifamily and single family homes and developing over 560,000 square feet of community serving commercial space.  Our work has created over 5,673 employment opportunities, and we have counseled over 95,000 low-income residents of metro-Denver.

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 create its own affordable 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 to create or preserve 6,000 affordable homes. The public review draft of the City’s new five year housing strategy, Housing an Inclusive Denver, is available for public comment through November 13, 2017. 

Learn More About Affordable Housing

Unlike the affordable housing developments of the past, modern affordable housing in Denver is usually mixed-income and mixed-use. 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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"People and the places where they reside are engaged in a continuing set of exchanges; they have determinate, mutual effects upon each other because they are part of a single, interactive system."

William S. Sax

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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