As Part of Governor Polis’s Commitment to Creating a House of Every Colorado Budget, Director De Cambra Announces Over $35M Investment in Statewide Community Development, Bringing Nearly 2,000 Affordable Housing Units to Colorado

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Through the Strong Communities Grant Program, The Department of Local Affairs and Executive Director Maria De Cambra are proud to announce support of 16 projects statewide, providing nearly 2,000 affordable housing units (combination of rental and for sale options). This significant investment, totaling over $35 million, underscores the Department's and the Polis administration's commitment to providing an opportunity for many to purchase their first home and advancing affordable housing initiatives across Colorado.

Maria De Cambra, Executive Director of the Department of Local Affairs, emphasized the administration's dedication to making housing more affordable across Colorado’s diverse communities, stating, “Making housing more affordable remains a top priority for Governor Polis, and these investments align with our vision of ensuring that every Coloradan has access to safe, stable, and affordable housing options. By supporting projects like these, we are bolstering our housing supply and creating opportunities for individuals and families to thrive.”

The investment in the projects listed below exemplifies DOLA’s ongoing commitment to addressing housing affordability issues and creating vibrant, resilient communities across Colorado.


JurisdictionProject NameAffordable UnitsAward Amount
AlamosaBoyd School Adaptive Reuse48 rentals$1,143,000
Aurora13th Avenue Light Rail Transit Oriented Development430 rentals$2,000,000
DenverThe Denverado at Welton62 owner$2,500,000
Douglas CountyTall Tales Ranch28 rentals$1,110,000
Eagle CountyWest Eagle Housing113 owner$4,000,000
FraserVictoria Village Community Work Force Housing169 rentals
13 owner
FriscoDowntown Workforce Housing100 rentals$4,000,000
GoldenCalvary Flats Development40 owner$2,366,617
Grand JunctionThe Terminal Project95 rentals$1,300,000
Grand LakeGrand Lake Space to Create18 rentals$4,000,000
Gunnison CountySawtooth Community Housing32 rentals$800,000
RifleRifle Apartments Affordable Housing Project60 rentals$4,000,000
Saguache CountyRange View32 rentals$639,616
SalidaSouth Ark Neighborhood Infrastructure200 rentals
200 owner
Summit CountyState Highway 6 Roundabout162 rentals$2,000,000
TrinidadHoly Trinity Apartments43 rentals$1,532,067

About the Strong Communities Grant Program

Strong Communities incentivizes the adoption of practices, programs, and policies that support sustainable development patterns and locating affordable housing in infill locations near jobs, transit. HB22-1304, sponsored by Representative Dylan Roberts, Representative Mary Bradfield, Senator James Coleman, and Senator Julie Gonzales allocated funding to the Strong Communities Grant Program. 

The Strong Communities Grant Program comprises two programs: planning grants and infrastructure grants. These were crafted to assist local governments in aligning policies and regulations, ensuring that Coloradans can afford to live in their desired locations, close to their workplaces, and with access to multi-modal transportation. Both programs have fully awarded all available funds.

Learn more about the Strong Communities Grant Program

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