History of Rocky Mountain Communities
Over the last 27 years, we have seen our residents achieve individual success through stable housing and strong programs.
Rocky Mountain Communities builds brighter futures by investing in resident-focused affordable housing and services, empowering individuals and families to thrive.
In 1992, three community members founded Greater Denver Mutual Housing Association, now doing business as Rocky Mountain Communities (RMC), in response to the startling lack of affordable housing in Colorado. Unfortunately, since that time, the need for affordable housing has continued to grow. In Colorado, more than 40 percent of renters spend over 30 percent of their income on housing costs each month. Additionally, an estimated 25 percent spend more than 50 percent of their income on housing. The percentage of working Coloradans struggling with high housing costs increased by 27 percent between 2005 and 2014, exceeding the 22 percent increase nationwide. Affordable housing options are critical for low-income families because the gap between their incomes and housing costs puts them at immediate risk of a housing crisis or homelessness. When families are rent burdened, less of their income is left for food, education, healthcare and other basic needs. Starting with only two properties in 1994, over the last 27 years RMC has expanded to operate seven properties across Colorado to meet the increasing need, and is completing construction of an 8th property in the spring of 2019. RMC has served more than 11,000 families since 1992.
Although affordable housing is critical to breaking the cycle of poverty for families in Colorado and often may be the only thing keeping them from becoming homeless, housing alone is often not enough for families to achieve self-sufficiency and long-term financial stability. This is why RMC also provides programs and services to address its residents’ other needs. This programming is grounded in a philosophy of empowerment: Residents inform the types of programs RMC implements at its various locations in order to build strong, supportive communities that help residents achieve their goals.
Since its founding in 1992, RMC has served more than 11,000 families. As of January 1, 2019, Rocky Mountain Communities will be home to 2,460 individuals, including more than 900 children under the age of 18.