The Aurora City Housing Authority (AHA) is celebrating the completion of the Connections renovation on the 6th with a virtual opening. Connections at 6th is an affordable residential property strategically located at the intersection of 6th Avenue and Potomac Streets in Aurora. The $ 23 million development benefited from $ 7.2 million in tax credit equity generated by the 4 percent LIHTC (Low Income Housing Tax Credit) program.
Connections at 6th shows how the LIHTC program extends beyond the walls of affordable housing. it evolves into tangible communities built on the connections between its residents. The re-syndication and redevelopment of LIHTC enabled the full conversion of the 6th building, keeping all 68 units affordable.
New roofs have been installed and landscaping and play areas have been updated. The apartments have been modernized with new kitchens, bathrooms and floors. Perhaps most importantly, the units have been upgraded to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. With over 40 percent of Connections at 6th residents over 55 years of age, accessibility is particularly important.
This investment is directly in line with the five year goals set in the city of Aurora’s new housing strategy to increase and maintain the highly affordable housing stock. The economic pressures of COVID-19 have shown the importance of affordable housing and mission-driven landlords to the safety and stability of the city.
The virtual opening includes a look inside the newly renovated units and features Crystal Murillo, Aurora City Councilor of Ward 1. The virtual opening can be found on the AHA website at www.aurorahousing.org.
Photo courtesy of AHA