Challenges in Finding Housing Supports in Jefferson County
By Maureen McDevitt, Co-Chair Jefferson County Aging Well Housing Workgroup ~
Did you know that “Based on a U.S. average of 100, Jefferson County scores a 128.41” and “Housing is the biggest factor in the cost of living difference?2” If you are one of the people impacted by the raising costs of housing, you are not alone. Many people encounter challenges in finding a safe, affordable and accessible place to live for themselves and their families.
There are a variety of programs that can assist you, including housing authorities and HUD. If you think you will need housing supports such as rent subsidies through the housing choice voucher program and/or subsidized housing in the future, it’s critical that you get your name on the waiting lists for Jefferson County housing authorities. Currently the average wait time is from 2 – 10 years depending on funding available in the county. Even if you are not sure you will need the assistance, you should start here first.
Also, check out non-traditional housing options. For example many people have found Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) and Home Sharing can work for them. Several organizations also provide assistance in repairs for homes rented or owned by older adults.
While Jefferson County Human Services doesn’t deliver housing assistance directly to county residents, it does administer state and federal funds for homelessness and housing initiatives. All projects are managed and coordinated with a wide array of partners, including private businesses, nonprofit and faith-based organizations, and a variety of government agencies including:
• Colorado Housing Assistance Corporation (CHAC): 303-572-9445
• Colorado Housing Connects: 844-926-6632
• Jefferson County Housing Authority (JCHA): 303-422-8600
• Metro West Housing Solutions 303-987-7580
• Family Tree 303-422-2133
• Rebuilding Together Metro Denver 720-524-0840
• Socialserve.com 877-428-8844
• Sunshine Homeshare Colorado 303-9158264
You can learn more about other housing options and resources on the Jefferson County Aging Well website3 or connect with us on Facebook: @JeffcoAgingWell.
2. Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Needs Assessment, prepared by Joining Vision and Action for Jefferson County’s Human Services Department. 2017
3. Jefferson County Aging Well website: www.jeffco.us/Aging-Well
Aging Well in Jefferson County is a strategic planning project focused on developing and implementing strategies to create inclusive, livable communities through sustainable partnerships and integrated services. The Local Coordinating Council is one of six Workgroups addressing all aspects of life of aging residents in Jefferson County.