Grand Junction is committed to enacting housing policies and partnering with outside organizations that seek to increase affordable housing options, diversity housing choice, decrease the gap between need and housing inventory, and assist those without homes to be matched with supportive services.
Grand Valley Housing Needs Assessment and Strategy
The City and its partners began work in late December 2020 with Root Policy Research, a Colorado consultancy with extensive experience in the housing field, on the Grand Valley Housing Needs Assessment (PDF). In May 2021, the Housing Needs Assessment was completed and included data collection, a community-wide survey and a series of focus group meetings with key stakeholders. The Assessment then informed the creation of a City of Grand Junction Housing Strategy. After multiple workshops, the City Council adopted Resolution 82-21 on October 6, 2021, the Housing Strategy. The twelve housing strategies adopted by City Council include:
- Participate in regional collaboration regarding housing/homelessness needs and services.
- Adopt a local affordable housing goal(s).
- Implement land use code changes that facilitate attainable housing development and housing diversity.
- Encourage development of accessory dwelling units (ADUs).
- Formalize existing incentives and consider additional incentives for affordable housing development.
- Allocate City owned land (and/or strategically acquire vacant or underutilized properties) for affordable and mixed-income housing.
- Create a dedicated revenue source to address housing challenges.
- Provide financial support to existing housing and homelessness services and promote resident access to services.
- Support acquisition/rehabilitation that creates or preserves affordable housing.
- Consider implementation of an inclusionary housing/linkage fee ordinance.
- Explore designation of an urban renewal areas (URA) and utilization of tax increment financing for affordable housing.
- Consider adoption of a voluntary rental registry program in conjunction with landlord incentives.
The Grand Junction Housing Strategy can be viewed in its entirety here (PDF).
Affordable housing in the City of Grand Junction is defined as that which costs no more than 30% of a family's gross monthly income for rent and utilities. Issues of housing affordability are a matter of comparing the costs of available housing in an area with the incomes of the population of that area.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), low income persons earn less than 80% of an area's median income. Very low income persons earn 50% or less of an area's median income. The 2020 Area Median Income (AMI) as set by HUD for Grand Junction is $67,700 for a 4-person household.
"Fair housing" is the term used for the federal, state and local civil rights laws that protect all of us from discrimination in obtaining housing. The federal Fair Housing Act was adopted in 1968 and amended in 1988. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the agency charged with enforcing the Fair Housing Act. Whether people are trying to rent, buy, sell, or finance a home or apartment, as a tenant, homeowner, or landlord, rights and protections are provided by the Federal Fair Housing Act. According to HUD, impediments to fair housing choice are any actions, omissions, or decisions taken that restrict housing choices, or the availability of housing choices because of:
- Familial status
- National origin
HUD also considers any actions, omissions or decisions that have the effect of restricting housing choices or the availability of housing choices to be impediments to fair housing choice on the basis of:
- Familial status
- National origin
The State of Colorado also has enacted legislation prohibiting housing discrimination, and State law offers the same protections as the Fair Housing Act, with additional protections based on marital status, creed, and ancestry.
The City of Grand Junction does not provide any direct housing services or assistance. For additional information contact the Grand Junction Housing Authority at 970-245-0388 or Housing Resources of Western Colorado at 970-241-2871.
La ciudad de Grand Junction no proporciona ningun servicia o asistencia de vivienda directa. Para informacion adicional comuniquese con la autoridad de vivienda de Grand Junction al 970-245-0388 o recursos de vivienda del oeste de Colorado at 970-241-2871.