21,000 existing housing units, with 5,000 planned housing units
High percentage of population under age 18
Lower income levels compared to Denver’s median household income
High levels of unemployment
High percentage immigrant population
The majority of the area is considered one of the highest areas of concentrated poverty (30% or more) in Denver
Low percentage of women seeking prenatal care
Localized areas of high violent crime
What is the West Denver Project?
That’s an excellent question, as I didn’t know the answer myself until a couple weeks ago. The West Denver Project is a partnership with the City and County of Denver, the Denver Housing Authority, the Denver Foundation, and Enterprise Community Partners.
Addresses: affordability, career development, education, economic development, infrastructure funding gaps, natural systems, connectivity, health and food, community empowerment
Goal: To model sustainable and resilient urban regeneration
“A long-term, collective impact, integrated approach for restoring the economic, environmental, and social health of West Denver through the efforts of local minds and hands”
Strengths in West Denver
Proximity to downtown, Auraria Campus, S. Platte River, highways
Previous and ongoing efforts
Mosaic of Cultures
Critical Issues in West Denver
Access to healthy food and lifestyle
Affordable housing (gentrification)
Cradle to career and adult education
Infrastructure funding gaps
Workforce training & local jobs
Come back for more information (part II) about the project!