History

Beginning in 1938...

“I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished… The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

In 1937, there was a passing of the US Housing Act of 1937 with the purpose to clear slums and to provide decent, safe, and sanitary dwellings for families of low income.

In 1938, Denver City Council passed an ordinance legalizing the creation of a local housing authority September 2, 1938. The city council was comprised of 5 members appointed by Mayor Stapleton.

1940’s – we see the first public housing in which the board acquired $3 million to clear slums and build the first low-income housing projects. 

Then... Now... Next...
People.
Housing.
Neighborhoods.

A future of developing dynamic, mixed income communities and new markets, ensuring that Denver families thrive.

First Public Housing

840 Units in 2 years

  • Las Casitas
  • Lincoln Park Homes
  • Platte Valley Homes
  • Arapahoe Courts
  • Columbine Homes

The Denver Housing Authority is a quasi-municipal corporation with a portfolio of over 12,000 units and housing choice vouchers, providing affordable housing to more than 26,000 very low, low and middle income individuals representing over 12,000 families.  DHA has transformed public housing in Denver creating vibrant, revitalized, sustainable, transit oriented, and mixed-income community of choice.  

Today, DHA’s vision has been honed to reflect the goal that every individual or family shall have quality and affordable housing, in communities offering empowerment, economic opportunity, and a vibrant living environment. DHA’s mission is to develop and provide high-quality, affordable housing with responsive services, enabling people and communities to thrive.

DHA is governed by a nine-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the Mayor of Denver and approved by the City Council.

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