Arroyo Village Affordable Housing Community in Denver Earns National Award

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing recently awarded six winning residential projects for the 2020 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award, during ULI’s Virtual Fall Meeting. Arroyo Village in Denver was a winner in the large-scale (100 units or more) developments category.

A first-of-its-kind project in Colorado, Arroyo encompasses a continuum of care for people experiencing housing instability that includes a homeless shelter of 60 beds, 35 one-bedroom apartments for permanent supportive housing and 95 affordable apartments under one roof. The project is thoughtfully designed for the residents, including the use of Trauma-Informed Design for the permanent supportive housing, which centers on the belief that spaces should be designed for healing, especially as it relates to mental health.

“Congratulations to all of this year’s Kemp Award winners,” said ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing executive director Christopher Ptomey. “These winners emerged from a record number of applicants and represent unique, yet replicable, solutions to a number of difficult housing challenges, including meeting housing and other basic support needs of severely underserved populations and creating residential adaptive re-uses for historic spaces.”

Ashley Union Station in Denver was also a finalist for the 2020 Kemp Award.

ULI established the Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award in 2008, naming the award in memory of Jack Kemp, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development who had served as a Terwilliger Center national advisory board member. The award is given annually to affordable and workforce housing developments that represent outstanding achievements in several areas, including affordability, innovative financing and building technologies, proximity to employment centers and transportation hubs, quality of design, and involvement of public/private partnerships.

Photo courtesy of ULI

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