The organization has a rich history that dates back to the spring of 1971. Originally a derivative of Colorado Migrant Council, it was incorporated to address intolerable housing and living conditions plaguing migrants and seasonal farm workers in Colorado. In the first 25 years of operation, Colorado Rural housing Development Corporation (CRHDC) concentrated primarily in rural markets providing a wide array of services that addressed the affordable housing needs of the residents and communities.
The mission of the organization has since expanded to address many housing needs and asset-building opportunities—both rural and urban—on a state-wide scale. CRHDC now takes more holistic approach in delivering its services and has incorporated new lines of business that provide clients and communities with more sustainable housing and economic development efforts. To reflect the broader reach of the organization, the board of directors, staff and partners has agreed to change the corporation’s name to Community Resources and Housing Development Corporation (keeping the acronym CRHDC) in 2009.
Over the past forty years, CRHDC has worked in 30 counties in Colorado and has overseen the construction of over 1600 “Self-Help” homes for households of low-to-moderate income. CRHDC has also built over 500 units of farm worker housing and over 300 units of affordable multi-family housing across the state. Currently, the organization is developing 41 units of farmworker housing in Delta Colorado and has acquired 43 homes in north metro Denver and the San Luis Valley for rehabilitation as part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
To deliver the most comprehensive services, CRHDC operates a one-stop-shop NeighborWorks® Home Ownership Center out of its main headquarters in Westminster, Colorado. The Home Ownership Center is staffed by highly qualified and certified individuals who are committed to helping families and households throughout the state of Colorado.
According to Executive Director, Al Gold, “We are proud of the work we have done over the past forty years, and we are looking forward to furthering our mission throughout Colorado for the next forty years.”
CRHDC is a HUD Housing Counseling Agency and a member of NeighborWorks® America.