NAHRO Award for Housing Initiatives
The Adams County Board of Commissioners is honored to have recently been awarded the Commissioners Award from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO).
The award celebrates excellence in two local initiatives: Homes for Hope, an integrative foster care model, and the 7401 Broadway affordable housing project.
The Commissioners Award is presented by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, the leading housing and community development advocate for the provision of adequate and affordable housing and viable communities for all Americans, particularly those with low- and moderate-incomes. The Commissioners Award celebrates innovative affordable housing program that utilize tactics such as creative financing, public/private partnerships, mixed income developments, adaptive reuse and special needs housing.
“I hear regularly from families about who fear they will be priced out of their homes, or forced to live far from where they work or go to school,” said Commissioner Eva Henry. “It’s why I’ve worked hard to advocate for affordable housing, and the Board of Commissioners has provided $8.3 million dollars for projects like Homes for Hope and 7401 Broadway, all around Adams County in the past six years.”
Homes for Hope provides emergency foster care for children in Adams County ages 0-18 for up to 30 days while alternative kinship home, foster home, or return to parent(s) options are explored. Two single-family homes were renovated and are utilized as part of this short-term placement program and approximately 8-10 children are served at any time within the two residences. Adams County acquired the two homes with funding from an Open Space Grant from Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund and an Adams County Open Space Grant. The two Homes for Hope are estimated to save the county $155,000 per year in foster care placement costs.
The 7401 Broadway development will be a 116-unit, multi-family housing development in unincorporated Adams County. The site formerly housed the county’s Child and Family Services Center, and the new housing units will be created within the existing building on the site, along with four new additional buildings. The county partnered with Unison Housing Partners to repurpose this county-owned land to address affordable housing needs with a special focus on creating 12 units for youth transitioning out of foster care. Unison is working on a final development plan, subject to review and approval by the Board of County Commissioners later in 2019.
Commissioner Eva Henry and Commissioner Chaz Tedesco accepted the award at the NAHRO Colorado State Conference in Vail.
“Affordable housing has long been a priority for this board, and we are honored to accept this award for Homes for Hope and 7401 Broadway,” said Commissioner Eva Henry. “Both projects are outstanding examples of our commitment to providing housing options that fit the needs of all our citizens.”