Denver OKs City’s First Affordable Housing Fund

· Sep. 20, 2016, 2:30 pm

The Denver City Council on Monday night gave final approval to an effort that would create the city’s first dedicated affordable housing fund.

The Council approved the proposal 9-4, following a near-four hour hearing. It would create or preserve 6,000 affordable housing units over 10 years. The city will collect money from a small property tax hike and new development fees to pay for it.

The Council approved key amendments to the bill. One establishes a plan that details how the city spends money on housing. Another amendment sunsets the measure so that another Council would have to reauthorize it in 10 years.

A competing measure that sought to provide more immediate funding for affordable housing through the city’s general fund did not pass.

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