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Denver Housing Authority: A year in review

With a year under his belt, David Nisivoccia, the executive director of the Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver, is responsible for the oversight and operation of the largest public housing authority in the state of Colorado and Rocky Mountain region, and one of the largest public housing authorities in the nation.

Nisivoccia is leading a number of DHA’s community investments in the planning and implementation phases, including the Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant for the Sun Valley neighborhood; the City Affordable Housing Bond Program, also known as DHA Delivers for Denver; new partnerships for permanent supportive housing initiatives; capital projects such as Gateway, 655 Broadway/ Studebaker and Shoshone Street; the Energy Performance Contract; and the West Denver Renaissance Collaborative. He also is leading the charge on ensuring DHA maintains resident services that aid in improving self-sufficiency, counseling for homeownership and financial literacy, education through Community Connections, employment and training programs at Osage Café and Arts Street, digital access for residents, and aging-in-place programs.

Although the list of community investments is extensive, there are a few priority projects directly in front of Nisivoccia leading us into 2022. DHA Delivers for Denver will deliver 1,300 units with $62.5 million in gap bond funding. This initiative is a key priority for the City and County of Denver and DHA as it directly responds to and attempts to meet the city’s affordable housing needs. Currently, DHA is under construction on seven of 11 projects and 60% complete in meeting the requirements. Sun Valley revitalization through the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is well underway and once completed will add 960 units to the Sun Valley neighborhood. Lastly, DHA is focused on ensuring all residents have a holistic community living environment with access to healthy food, education and employment opportunities.

Nisivoccia oversees a workforce of 365 DHA employees, an annual budget of $297 million and assets valued at $721 million. DHA serves over 25,000 residents with more than 5,400 affordable housing units and administers over 7,000 Housing Choice vouchers.

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