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Division of Housing

Division of Housing

Affordable Housing Data Dashboard is now Live!

Affordable Housing Data DashboardAffordable housing is a vital component of a community that creates thriving environments for people to live. Without it, families may be priced out of their communities due to the increasing financial burden of housing costs. To ensure that Boulder provides families and individuals with safe and affordable places to live, the city adopted a goal that 10 percent of all housing be permanently affordable to low and moderate income households. To accomplish it, the City of Boulder implemented multiple programs and policies to increase access to affordable housing options.

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Housing Boulder Action Plan

The action plan identifies City Council priorities for addressing Boulder's affordable housing challenges.

Housing  Action Plan for 2018/19 pdf


Housing Advisory Board Community Forum

City Council has requested the creation of a Housing Advisory Board to support the city’s affordable housing efforts and discussed its purpose, functions and membership at a study session on Jan. 23.  The public was invited to two community workshops to inform the Council discussion:

Tuesday, Dec. 19 : 4 – 6 p.m., Municipal Building Lobby, 1777 Broadway

Monday, Jan. 8 : 5 – 7 p.m., West Senior Center, 909 Arapahoe Ave.

Learn more about the Housing Advisory Board.

For more information or to provide feedback on the creation of a housing board, please contact Jeff Yegian at [email protected].


Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Update

City Council responded to community requests to encourage the creation of new Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) by requesting that staff bring forward a list of incremental changes to city regulations that better allow accessory units while still addressing potential neighborhood impacts. Council has identified this as a work plan item for the past several years. On Aug. 22, staff presented council with a list of potential regulatory changes that would remove some of the barriers to creating accessory units, including but not limited to, addressing standards regarding unit concentration, sizes, and parking. The project will include incremental and focused changes to the regulations, not wholesale changes.

To learn more about this effort, visit this page.


30th & Pearl

Formerly the home of Pollard Friendly Motors, this city owned 4.5-acre site is planned for a mix of housing affordable to low, moderate and middle income households. The project is part of Boulder Junction (a 160-acre redevelopment at the northeast corner of 30th Street and Pearl Parkway area) and is transforming into a mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented neighborhood with regional transit connections and public spaces that will benefit the entire community.

To learn more about 30th & Pearl, visit this page.


Ponderosa Community Stabilization

The Ponderosa Mobile Home Park is a 68-home diverse, primarily homeowner community located in a county enclave at 4475 Broadway. The City of Boulder has purchased Ponderosa with plans to annex the property, replace aging infrastructure, identify home replacement options that would maintain residents’ housing costs at similar levels, and to ultimately transfer Ponderosa to an owner such as an affordable housing nonprofit or a resident-controlled cooperative in order to create long-term stability for the community’s residents.

To learn more about this effort, visit this page.


Inclusionary Housing Update

The inclusionary housing program was adopted in 2000 in response to the city’s housing challenges, updates to the program require that new residential development contribute 25 percent of the all new homes as permanently affordable; 20 percent affordable to low/moderate households and 5 percent affordable to middle income households. The program has demonstrated considerable success over the years and the 2017 updates respond to new challenges, specifically addressing the loss of middle income housing as well as exploring options for incentivizing more on-site homes. 

More information is available on the Inclusionary Housing Update page.


Middle Income Housing Strategy

This strategy defines a comprehensive approach to create and preserve housing choices for middle income households and puts forth an aggressive, but obtainable, goal to increase housing options for middle income households.

To learn more about the Middle Income Housing Strategy, visit this page.

Middle Income Housing Strategy Document pdf

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