New Denver Poll Shows Support for Increasing Affordable Housing Fund

A recent survey in Denver finds that housing is a key issue for many of the city’s residents. The poll, commissioned by Enterprise and All In Denver – a group comprised of residents, advocates and developers – surveyed 402 voters on their top concerns heading into the 2018 election. The survey found wide support for expanding efforts to build more affordable housing, including support for a housing bond initiative on the 2018 ballot. Last September, Denver approved an increase on impact fees and taxes to fund a $150 million affordable housing plan; 68 percent of respondents of the recent poll now say they support a $300 million bond, plus a new half-million dollar tax, to support affordable housing development. Despite broad public support, city officials have stated that there is a concern over the city’s borrowing capacity for a new housing bond.

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