AURORA – The City of Aurora recently conducted a study of the community’s housing needs and is seeking suggestions from residents and other stakeholders on how best to expand housing options across the city’s income spectrum.
The housing study draft and public survey are available in English at AuroraGov.org/HousingStudy and in Spanish at AuroraGov.org/EstudioVivienda. The Polls are open now through Friday, October 30th. Aurora coordinated the dissemination of the housing survey to the CU Anschutz community through the Office for Diversity, Justice, Inclusion and Community Engagement.
‘Aurora experienced living conditions in which
Low and middle income households have problems
keep up with rising housing costs,
something that was aggravated by
Job loss related to COVID-19. “
– Jessica Prosser, manager of
“Aurora shares housing conditions with many communities in the metropolitan area, where low- and middle-income households are struggling to keep up with rising housing costs, compounded by job losses associated with COVID-19,” said Jessica Prosser , Aurora City Community Development Manager. “Our housing study offers strategies on how we can help address these struggles, and we want to hear from residents, community organizations, business owners, real estate agents and others how they support these strategies and any other ideas they may have.”
The housing study was initiated by the city in 2019 to identify a wide range of potential political, financial and regulatory instruments to improve the affordability of housing. While the city has historically provided housing development programs and communities to support the development of housing and housing services, additional funding options and programs would make the city more effective in ensuring that the current and future housing needs of workers, Families and residents are covered in all areas The age and income spectrum are met.
This Aurora Housing Study focuses on the most effective, efficient and proven methods of expanding urban housing options, with a focus on:
- Increase and use of existing resources to meet housing needs
- Set residential goals and manage residential investments to meet those goals
- Preservation of existing housing while increasing the housing supply for households across the income spectrum
- Improve regulatory processes as needed to reduce housing costs
One of the strategic recommendations in the study is the establishment of a residential property trust fund to support the maintenance and production of affordable housing. the implementation of exemptions, discounts or reimbursements for development fees for affordable housing projects; the identification of publicly owned land for mixed income housing; and the development of a recruiting strategy for executive ownership and high-end rental apartments. The full recommendations can be found at AuroraGov.org/HousingStudy.
The aim of the public survey is to understand the community’s support for the policy and strategic recommendations contained in the draft housing study. The feedback provided will help the city validate its recommendations and prioritize its actions to resolve the housing issues Aurora is facing. There is also an opportunity to identify model programs, best practices, and case studies to aid in the implementation of the priority recommendations.