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. However, the market response to housing has traditionally targeted higher income consumers. As a result, there has long been a significant demand for housing that is affordable to households with modest means. Housing also frequently presents complex challenges for the elderly and individuals and families impacted by developmental disabilities, mental illness, and/or substance addiction.

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 seniors and those with developmental disabilities, mental illness and/or substance addiction in the south metro Denver area.

CHDA – History and Services
CHDA was formed in 1995 through the collaboration of three human service organizations:

Arapahoe House, Inc. was founded in 1975 as a detoxification program serving primarily Arapahoe County, and has since grown to become Colorado's largest provider of alcohol and drug treatment services, and services to clients with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness. These services 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 the communities of Arapahoe and Douglas County. Founded in 1955, the organization offers adult outpatient services; child & 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 was created in 1964 as 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.

Housing Development and Operations
CHDA developed and operates an affordable 80-unit rental housing project known as the Willow Street Residences. CHDA acquired and fully renovated the 36-unit Lara Lea Apartments; the 33-unit Presidential Arms Apartments, and the 12-unit Regal Apartments. The 43-unit Canterbury East and South Apartments were acquired mid-2012, with renovation completion expected mid-2013. All units are affordable to residents earning 60% of Area Median Income (AMI) and below. Twenty percent of the units are occupied CHDA partner agency consumers. CHDA continues to evaluate additional properties to expand its housing portfolio and program services.

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

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