Denver recently met a five-year affordable housing goal one year ahead of schedule, but the city still has a long way to go. Officials estimate that the city needs at least 21,000 more affordable units to meet current demand. With that gap in mind, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock recently announced a rent “buy-down” program, in which the city will purchase empty high-end apartments and then subsidize their rents for lower-income families making between 40 and 80 percent of the local median income. The plan is for local corporations and foundations to help make up the difference, and the first corporate partner is already in place: Chipotle. The burrito chain will apparently be a so-called “employer partner” with the city, the Denver Post reports, meaning that some of the apartments will be given to its workers, as long as they meet the program’s income range.
Source: Next City