A special meeting of the Adams County Board of County Commissioners was held on July 1, 1974 to authorize the creation of a Public Housing Authority, pursuant to Article 69-6 CRS 1963, as amended. ACHA was officially organized and incorporated on November 20, 1974, as authorized by Colorado Statute § 29-4-501. ACHA has been a HUD-approved Housing Counseling agency since 1978 and is the only HUD-approved counseling agency that serves the entire county.
In 1980, ACHA began an aggressive program to develop new affordable housing in Adams County with the purchase of the Della Villa Apartments (now called Orchard Crossing) in the City of Westminster. Since that first acquisition, ACHA has purchased or has been part of the development of 17 other properties. Today ACHA owns nearly over 1,251 units of affordable rental housing (Properties Page). This portfolio ranges from units that serve the elderly and disabled populations to family-oriented apartment communities. Less than 5% of our portfolio is subject to federally subsidized Public Housing programs. The balance of ACHA’s portfolio has been developed during the last fifteen years using various financing packages that include the following: issuance of mortgage revenue tax-exempt bonds, 4% and 9% low-income housing tax credit programs (LIHTC), Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership and conventional mortgage financing products.
In 1992, ACHA began a homeownership program. This program provides educational workshops for first-time homebuyers and down payment assistance. This program has educated over 4,012 individuals and provided down payment assistance to over 505 households in Adams County.
ACHA currently owns and manages 42 units of public housing and administers over 1,384 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers for county residents.
A staff of 74 operates in six departments, caring for approximately 17,211 residents who live in ACHA owned, developed or administered housing units or who are accessing program services.