The Housing Authority of the City of Aurora (AHA) is celebrating the completion of the rehabilitation of Connections at 6th with a virtual grand opening. Connections at 6th is an affordable housing property strategically located at the intersection of 6th Avenue and Potomac Street in Aurora. The $23 million development benefited from $7.2 million in tax credit equity generated through the 4 percent Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program.
Connections at 6th demonstrates how the LIHTC program extends beyond the walls of affordable housing; it evolves into tangible communities built upon the connections made between its inhabitants. LIHTC’s resyndication and rehabilitation allowed for the total transformation of 6th that preserved affordability for all 68 units.
New roofs were installed and landscaping and play areas were updated. Apartments were modernized with new kitchens, bathrooms, and flooring. Perhaps most importantly, units were retrofitted to improve accessibility for those with disabilities. Since over 40 percent of the residents at Connections at 6th are over 55, accessibility is especially important.
This investment responds directly to the five-year goals identified in the City of Aurora’s new Housing Strategy to increase and preserve the deeply affordable housing inventory. The economic pressures of COVID-19 illustrated just how vital affordable housing and mission-driven landlords are to the safety and stability of the city.
The virtual grand opening includes an inside look of the newly rehabbed units and features City of Aurora Council Member Crystal Murillo of Ward 1. To view the virtual grand opening on AHA’s website at www.aurorahousing.org.
Photo courtesy of AHA