Grand Valley Housing Needs Assessment
The City and its partners, the Grand Junction Housing Authority and Mesa County Health Department began work in late December 2020 with Root Policy and Research, a Colorado consultancy with extensive experience in the housing field, on the Grand Valley Housing Needs Assessment. A community-wide housing needs survey was launched in February and a series of stakeholders' group focus meetings were held in February and March. There has been overwhelming community support and participation in the study - thank you to those of you that took the time to complete the survey and provide valuable information regarding this important community topic. The report is now available to the public and can be viewed here. The City and Root Policy are now focused on the next phase of the study which is to develop a housing strategy based on results of the needs assessment and further input from local housing providers which is to be completed later this summer.
Affordable housing in the City of Grand Junction is defined as that which costs no more than 40% of a family's gross monthly income for rent and utilities. Costs for mortgage, utility, taxes, interest and insurance should be no more than 48% of one's gross monthly income for housing ownership to be considered affordable. Issues of housing affordability are a matter of comparing the costs of available housing in an area with the incomes of the population of that area.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), low income persons earn less than 80% of an area's median income. Very low income persons earn 50% or less of an area's median income. The 2017 Area Median Income (AMI) as set by HUD for Grand Junction is $66,300 for a family of four.
"Fair housing" is the term used for the federal, state and local civil rights laws that protect all of us from discrimination in obtaining housing. The federal Fair Housing Act was adopted in 1968 and amended in 1988. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the agency charged with enforcing the Fair Housing Act. Whether people are trying to rent, buy, sell, or finance a home or apartment, as a tenant, homeowner, or landlord, rights and protections are provided by the Federal Fair Housing Act. According to HUD, impediments to fair housing choice are any actions, omissions, or decisions taken that restrict housing choices, or the availability of housing choices because of:
- Familial status
- National origin
HUD also considers any actions, omissions or decisions that have the effect of restricting housing choices or the availability of housing choices to be impediments to fair housing choice on the basis of:
- Familial status
- National origin
The State of Colorado also has enacted legislation prohibiting housing discrimination, and State law offers the same protections as the Fair Housing Act, with additional protections based on marital status, creed, and ancestry.
The City of Grand Junction does not provide any direct housing services or assistance. For additional information contact the Grand Junction Housing Authority at 970-245-0388 or Housing Resources of Western Colorado at 970-241-2871.
La ciudad de Grand Junction no proporciona ningun servicia o asistencia de vivienda directa. Para informacion adicional comuniquese con la autoridad de vivienda de Grand Junction al 970-245-0388 o recursos de vivienda del oeste de Colorado at 970-241-2871.