Creating quality supported living opportunities for people
in the south metro Denver area with modest means.


A Need in the Community
Stable affordable housing provides an important foundation for the economic and social well being of individuals, families, and the communities in which they live. The primary market response has traditionally targeted higher income consumers. This has resulted in a significant demand for housing affordable for those with modest means. Individuals and families impacted by Special Needs face additional challenges.

CHDA Mission Statement
The purpose of Community Housing Development Association (CHDA) is to provide quality, service-supported living opportunities for people with modest means including those with developmental disabilities, mental illness and/or substance addiction disorder in the south metro Denver area.

Housing Development and Operations
CHDA’s housing portfolio consists of 204 units located in five properties in Arapahoe County. Included are the 80-unit Willow Street Residences. in Aurora; the 36-unit Lara Lea Apartments and the 12-unit Regal Apartmentsin Littleton; and the 33-unit Presidential Arms Apartments and the 43-unit Canterbury Apartments located in Englewood. All units are affordable to residents earning 60% of Area Median Income (AMI) and below. Housing affordability is facilitated via use of public and private grant funds, Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity, and minimal debt. The properties are well maintained and professionally managed. CHDA continues to evaluate additional properties to expand its housing portfolio and program services.

CHDA – History and Partners
CHDA was formed in 1995 through the collaboration of three human service organizations. CHDA dedicates 20% of the units in its properties for those supported by its Partner Agencies. These residents receive supportive services designed to address health, employment, transportation, daily living skills which assist residents succeed at living in an integrated, independent community environment.

Arapahoe House, Inc. - Colorado’s largest provider of alcohol and drug treatment services, and services to clients with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness. These include an array of intensive and transitional residential programs, outpatient clinics, and intensive case management services, with separate programs available for adolescents and adults.

Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network – is a community mental health center that provides professional, comprehensive mental health care and substance abuse treatment mainly to communities of Arapahoe and Douglas County. Founded in 1955, the organization offers adult outpatient services; child and family services; residential treatment services; substance abuse treatment services for adults and adolescents; recovery/rehabilitation services; case management; medication services and a pharmacy.

Developmental Pathways - A community-based alternative to institutional care for persons with developmental disabilities. Over time, “Pathways” has developed a broad array of services based on the principle that full inclusion and participation in community life is attainable for every individual with a developmental disability.

It is CHDA’s ongoing objective is to dedicate 20% of the units in its properties for clients of its partner agencies. Future CHDA residents that are clients of the three partner agencies will continue to receive supportive services that are specifically designed to assist them succeed at living in an integrated, independent community environment. These services and programs address health, employment, transportation, daily living skills, and other areas needed to stabilize the individual’s life.

For more information contact
Jo Ellen Davidson, Executive Director at (303) 799-4341.

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