Land is one of the most important resources we have to increase affordable homeownership opportunities in our city. Habitat Metro Denver is grateful for the support of several congregations across the Denver Metro area who have partnered with us to provide land for new affordable homes.
In addition to land, these congregations also give financial support and volunteers to Habitat’s work, and serve as powerful advocates for housing in our communities.
Mountain View United Church formed a collaborative partnership with Habitat Metro Denver in 2022 and worked with the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado and the Congregation Land Campaign. Together, we have created a site plan that will transform the vacant property next to the church into 20, owner-occupied, affordable homes for working families who make 60-80% of the area median income.
These homes – called Mountain View Community Homes – will include 3- and 4-bedroom duplexes with 1.5-2.5 baths, two dedicated parking space per unit, and garages on some units as well. The homes are located in Cherry Creek School District and close to green spaces, public transit, and local businesses.
Habitat Denver volunteers and staff are building Mountain View Community Homes from late 2023 through 2025.
Augustana Lutheran Church began its partnership with Habitat Metro Denver in 2022. Thanks to the support of the Congregation Land Campaign, Augustana put out a request for proposals (RFP), inviting applications for an affordable housing developer to build homes on church-owned land. Habitat Denver responded to the RFP, and will now be able to build eight affordable homes on the site.
These homes – called Augustana Homes – will include 3- and 4-bedroom duplexes with 2 bathrooms. The homes are located in the Washington Virginia Vale neighborhood of Denver, in Denver Public School District, and very close to public transit and businesses on Colorado Boulevard.
Habitat Denver volunteers and staff will begin building these homes in 2024.
In many cases, congregations are mowing or maintaining these lots at significant cost, with limited benefit to themselves or the community. One way that congregations can use their land to support community health is by selling or leasing it to build affordable homes.
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver is poised to respond to these projects and help congregations turn their unused land into attainable homes for hardworking families.
Donating, selling, or leasing land to Habitat is one of the most impactful ways your congregation can support affordable housing in your community.
If your church or congregation would like to support Habitat Metro Denver, please contact Shayna Wible at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-615-7214.