Arvada Housing Strategy

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The availability of quality, affordable housing offers many community benefits, including reduced commute time and stress, and improved neighborhood stability. Unfortunately, many Colorado residents spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing, and finding attainable housing has become a serious challenge. At the direction of our residents and City Council, the City of Arvada is taking a close look at addressing housing needs in our community.


In June 2019, the City of Arvada began developing a housing assessment. The purpose of the assessment was to develop a clear understanding of the characteristics and dynamics of housing in Arvada. By developing a housing assessment, the City is taking a close look at our gaps, strengths, and potential actions available to balance housing in our community. Using the results of the housing assessment (which is complete and can be viewed here), the City’s goal is to implement a Housing Strategy that consists of practical, functional actions that promote future housing diversity in Arvada.


Community engagement is an important part of this process. Providing your feedback will help the City team and City Council understand community perceptions and will guide future engagement efforts planned for 2021. Please participate in our survey and share your stories with us. Thank you!

The availability of quality, affordable housing offers many community benefits, including reduced commute time and stress, and improved neighborhood stability. Unfortunately, many Colorado residents spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing, and finding attainable housing has become a serious challenge. At the direction of our residents and City Council, the City of Arvada is taking a close look at addressing housing needs in our community.


In June 2019, the City of Arvada began developing a housing assessment. The purpose of the assessment was to develop a clear understanding of the characteristics and dynamics of housing in Arvada. By developing a housing assessment, the City is taking a close look at our gaps, strengths, and potential actions available to balance housing in our community. Using the results of the housing assessment (which is complete and can be viewed here), the City’s goal is to implement a Housing Strategy that consists of practical, functional actions that promote future housing diversity in Arvada.


Community engagement is an important part of this process. Providing your feedback will help the City team and City Council understand community perceptions and will guide future engagement efforts planned for 2021. Please participate in our survey and share your stories with us. Thank you!

Your Stories, Your Ideas

We are committed to working in partnership with you, our community members, as we prioritize and finalize the actions listed in our housing strategy. What do you want the City team and your City Council to know as we move forward?

Thank you for sharing your story with us.
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    katie.winner@nyu.edu

    by TheKatieWinner, 2 months ago

    The City of Arvada elected officials and leadership can show their commitment to building revived communities in the following ways:

    1) Buying underutilized land deed restricted for 99 years for affordable housing

    2) Create a developer contributed affordable housing fund at 100% market rate and providing incentives to fund project

    3) Put inclusionary housing ordinance in place that require a certain percentage of affordable units- median income level - into future developments

    4) Revitalize neighborhoods by giving senior citizens who are aging in place an incentive to move to assisted or independent living facilities so that first-time homeowners and families... Continue reading

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    +1 to JCain and Harriet

    by hwilterdink, 2 months ago

    I very much appreciate the 2020 Housing Strategy report, and how the Speak Up survey is trying to distill the report's recommendations into consensus items. I also want to highlight 2 ideas from other commentators:

    (1) Linkage fees--as noted in the report, linkage fees start with a nexus study; obviously assessing if, and at what levels, such fees would be a viable funding source. But I agree with JCain that we should consider fees related to short-term rentals as a possible funding stream.

    (2) Harriet--and housing conversation doesn't stop with a limited survey; it has to be continuous and robust... Continue reading

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    lburns731@yahoo.com

    by Lburns731, 2 months ago
    I appreciate seeing these great suggestions (some of which are being done already) while others have such strong potential to engage and serve all residents in Arvada as well as help meet the needs of local businesses that do not have housing for their employees and service industry workers. They highlights a huge gap in housing diversity which is something we can convey to developers that we need as the project details take form on future land and blight sights.

    I really love the suggestion of a housing committee as a means to bring citizen engagement and advocacy to the... Continue reading

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    jcain01@gmail.com

    by JCain, 2 months ago
    I am concerned about this housing survey, because it does not offer any options to provide feedback on any of the specific policy initiatives that have been suggested. It also was designed in such a way that it looks like a resident "supports" an initiative when really there is just no opportunity to suggest that we think something else might be better, or that we may require more information to know if we support a specific initiative.


    I have worked in housing preservation for some time now, and I am concerned that Arvada is prioritizing temporary LIHTC projects in lieu... Continue reading

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    Minimum Wages Workers Need Housing Too

    by Skeptical Lad, 2 months ago

    The US HUD defines cost-burdened families as those “who pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing” and “may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing, transportation, and medical care.”


    Effective January 1, 2021, the minimum wage in Colorado will increase from $12.00 to $12.32 per hour.


    30% of a full time minimum wage worker's salary averages $641/month. How many rental units are there in Arvada for that amount ?


    I don't think this is a problem the "free market" can solve.

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    We Need More Choice

    by Brandon F, 2 months ago

    I would love to see more housing variety in Arvada. I was privileged enough to qualify for a loan on my condo in Arvada, but I am aware that can be out of reach for many, especially since there is a smaller stock of townhomes and condos in the city than there is single family housing. I would love to see more choices for families, seniors, and young professionals that aren't just one style of build.

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    junelecrone@gmail.com

    by June L., 2 months ago
    Arvada needs more affordable housing because we need a place for everyone. Currently there are not good housing options for young families on a small budget or retired persons on a small budget. I don't want to live in a city that only makes space for people who can afford a home that costs $500,000.
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    Need better input

    by Harriet, 2 months ago

    The survey is totally inadequate to reflect Arvada's varied housing needs. I look at this issue from a number of perspectives - as the former CEO of an organization serving individuals with disabilities, many of whom have extreme difficult accessing stable housing; as the wife of a landlord of several different rental properties in Arvada recognizing the issues from both the tenant and the small landlord's perspective; as one who recognizes the additional strains placed on housing by COVID; as an advocate for the homeless; as a member of our senior population well aware of the difficulties maintaining a large... Continue reading

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    The Market will Determine Pricing

    by HardWorkingArvada, 3 months ago
    Government stepping into change the market never works. Just because you want to live in a place, does not mean you have a "Right" to do so.



    People make choice about what they do for a living. If that choice does not support where they want to live, then they should evaluate their choices.

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    55+ community

    by LoveArvada, 3 months ago

    There is a greater need to build more low-maintenance ranch homes for 55+ active adult and empty nesters communities. They offer a resort-like living experience and are also affordable without amenities like swimming pools, health care, housekeeping and other services.