What is the root cause of the Denver Housing Affordability problem? One of the biggest contributing factors is low inventory. Denver’s current inventory is hitting historic lows. By the end of April, there were only 5,361 houses on the market. Contrastly, in 2013 in the same month, there were 6,945 on the market. Regarding new builds, water supply and shortage of laborers are contributing to the delays. Water supply issues increase the cost of new builds. Whereas, shortage of laborers is causing delays.
According to Mayor Hancock and Erik Soilvan, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE). Their objective is not just to put a roof over everyone’s head, but to improve the overall quality of life. The strategy is threefold: to leverage resources and coordinate efforts in order to create jobs, improve health, which will lead to being able to afford a good home.
According to the Denver Housing Authority, a minimum of 20,000 affordable housing units is required in order to meet demands. In addition to solving the affordable housing issue, this strategy will work with the Mayor’s mobility efforts to improve public transportation. You can read more specifics here