Graduate students from the University of Colorado at Denver’s Masters of Urban and Regional Planning Program recently finalized a report on Metro Denver’s transit area stations, which provides a comprehensive analysis of the stations. “This report evaluates the design and development of the half-mile areas(transit zones) around the 45 light rail transit stations in the Denver Metro area as of January 2015. Each transit zone was scored on the level of site development, accessibility, affordable housing, and jobs and economic development.” This lifts up the important issues areas of Mile High Connects and tells the story of how the stations are leveraging opportunity for the communities around them as well as where challenges still remain. Read the full report here.
The Denver region’s economy has been booming for many years, but a significant portion of the population is increasingly left behind. Across the seven county Denver metro region, there are over 175,000 low-income households experiencing housing insecurity: over 6,300 homeless persons, over 106,000 renters paying more than half of their monthly income on rent, and over 63,000 homeowners paying over half their monthly income on housing costs. Between 2000 and 2013, the number of housing insecure households increased by 70%! These households are forced every month to make tough decisions – choosing whether to pay their housing/utility bills or buying groceries, paying for housing or transportation to get to work or get their children to school.
Enterprise Community Partners is a proud member of Mile High Connects. There are too many great resources and too many great people in this region to allow these inequities to exist. That is why we continue to lead efforts like the Denver Regional Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Fund, why we are partnering with the City of Denver on the region’s first Social Impact Bond transaction to provide critical intervention services for formerly homeless individuals with severe mental illnesses and/or substance abuse issues, why we are working with local, regional, and statewide agencies on a collaborative effort to preserve existing affordable housing and prevent displacement of low-income families, and why we are working hand in hand with our MHC partners and many other organizations and community members to fight for a permanent, dedicated source of local funding for affordable housing.
These challenges are great and many, but they are not impossible. Mile High Connects envisions a region where every individual and family in the Denver region has access to opportunity, and at Enterprise, we believe that opportunity begins at home. We look forward to our continued partnership with Mile High Connects in reversing this region’s growing trend of housing insecurity.
Welcome to all of our Advisory Council members! This group is comprised of thought leaders from a variety of disciplines from the Metro Denver region that will learn about different issues related to our work as well as provide input and strategic guidance on critical topics central to the collaborative.
Brian Allem, Denver Regional Mobility and Access Council
Joe Anzures, State Independent Living Council
Veronica Barela, NEWSED Community Development Corporation
Amy Beres, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Foundation
Ryan Billings, City of Denver, Public Works
Kay Boeke, The Colorado Health Foundation
Hank Braaksma, Seniors’ Resource Center
Laura Brudzynski, City of Denver, City Council
Brad Calvert, Denver Regional Council of Governments
Craig Carlson, Adams County Housing Authority Board
Chris Connor, Denver’s Road Home
Audrey DeBarros, 36 Commuting Solutions
Brian Duffany, Economic and Planning Systems
Rob DuRay, Colorado Civic Engagement Roundtable
Jose Esparza, West Community Economic Development Corp.
John Fernandez, City of Aurora, Planning and Development Services
Olga Garcia, Denver Health and Hospital Authority
Rick Garcia, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Fred Glick, Independent Consultant
Meg Griffin, Denver Regional Mobility and Access Council
Ismael Guerrero, Denver Housing Authority
Gabriel Guillaume, LiveWell Colorado
Wendy Hawthorne, Groundwork Denver
Carol Hedges, Colorado Fiscal Institute
Eugene Howard, Douglas County Transportation
Bill James, James Real Estate Services, Inc.
Marvin Kelly, Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corp.
Carl Koelbel, Koelbel and Company
Steve Kunshier, Adams County Housing Authority
Heather Lafferty, Habitat for Humanity
Mickki Langston, Mile High Business Alliance
Jill Locantore, WalkDenver
Sheila Lynch, Tri-County Health Department
Carrie Makarewicz, University of Colorado Denver, College of Architecture and Planning
Molly Markert, City of Aurora, City Council
Ryan McCaw, MetroWest Housing Solutions
Robert McGranaghan, University of Colorado, Community Campus Partnership
Michelle Mitchell, Colorado Housing Assistance Corporation
Erin Mooney, Community Enterprise
Mayor Bob Murphy, City of Lakewood
Skip Noe, City of Aurora, City Manager
Yael Nyholm, Radian Inc.
Drew O’Connor, Drew O’Connor Facilitation, LLC
Councilwoman At-Large Debbie Ortega, Denver City Council
Cec Ortiz, Latino Community Foundation of Colorado
Deirdre Oss, City of Denver, Community Planning and Development
Rick Padilla, City of Denver, Office of Economic Development
Chuck Perry, Perry Rose LLC
Emma Pinter, City of Westminster, City Council
Lyz Riley, LiveWell Northeast Denver
Kenneth Rosenblum, Community Member, Veteran
David Ruchman, Jefferson County Local Coordinating Council
Ron Ruggiero, SEIU Local 105
Jamie Skaronea, Adams County School District 50
Bill Sirois, Regional Transportation District
Abram Sloss, Denver Metro Small Business Development Center and Chamber of Commerce
Rob Smith, Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute
Ken Snyder, PlaceMatters
Vivian Stovall, Volunteer Community Resource Specialist
Paul Teske, University of Colorado Denver
Tasha Weaver, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority
Katrina Wert, Center for Workforce Initiatives
Karen Worminghaus, eGo Car Share
Cassie Wright, Urban Ventures