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 leagalizing 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...

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 indivi​dual or family shall have quality and affordable housing, in communities offering empowerment, economic opportunity, and a vibrant living environment.  Denver Housing Authority’s mission is to serve the residents of Denver by developing, owning, and operating safe, decent and affordable housing in a manner that promotes thriving communities.  

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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