Creating housing opportunity through development

CRHDC promotes affordable housing through the development and preservation of affordable housing units throughout the state of Colorado. CRHDC develops multi-family housing for families, seniors, farm workers and the disabled and single family homes through the Self-Help, Purchase Rehab and modular programs. CRHDC also provides technical assistance to organizations in rural communities where there is a lack of capacity to develop new housing.

Multi-Family Housing 

For over 44 years, CRHDC has been developing affordable housing for farmworkers, low-income families, seniors and people with special needs who lack the  economic resources to access safe and decent housing throughout the state of Colorado. 

As one of the most experienced nonprofit developers of farmworker housing in the state, CRHDC has developed more than 500 units of farmworker housing, and has, in turn, helped create a stable work force for local farmers. In 2012, CRHDC completed Alta Vista de la Montana; a 40 family rental unit property for farmworkers in Delta, Colorado and, in 2015, the organization will break ground on Sol Naciente, a 50-unit housing development for Agricultural Workers and their families.

In addition to farmworker housing, CRHDC has a portfolio of multi-family projects around the state. CRHDC Multi-family housing developments include: Tierra Nueva Farmworker Housing in Center and Alamosa, Casas de Rio Grande and La Hacienda del Norte senior and disabled housing senior housing in Del Norte, New Castle Senior Housing in New Castle, Vista Verde affordable family housing in Hayden, and the rehabilitation of Overland Trails affordable family units in Sterling.



Self Help Housing

Self Help HousingCRHDC has helped over 2,000 families build their homes in 30 different counties through our mutual self-help program, which allows new home buyers to take an active role in the construction of their own homes. In this program, participants contribute significant “sweat equity” towards the construction of their home, bringing down development costs and producing a more affordable home. Each family contributes a minimum of 30 hours of labor per week towards the homes for approximately 6 to 8 months.

Sonia Chacon, a first time home owner participant, said: “I think the Mutual Self-Help home program is a great program for people like me. When I first began the home buying process I felt so helpless because I didn't realize how much was involved. It’s great to be able to work with the CRHDC staff and also be around other families. I’m excited for a place to call my own, and not have to waste money anymore on renting.”

CRHDC’s mutual self help program provides stable foundations for families, neighborhoods, and communities. We are currently seeking interested homeowners in Alamosa to participate in this program. For more information, contact Cheryl Smith , Field Coordinator at 719.589.1680 ext 115 or send an email. 


Technical Assistance

Providing technical assistance to organizations in developing housing for agricultural workers.

CRHDC was selected by USDA Rural Development to provide technical assistance services to organizations located in the central and western regions of the United States interested in developing Farm Labor Housing projects under the USDA 514/516 program. This assistance is funded by a grant from the USDA and is available to communities, CDCs, and housing authorities free of charge.

Services Provided
CRHDC provides technical assistance in the various aspects of developing Agricultural Housing, from the pre-application phase through construction, including rent-up and management. This assistance is available to private and public non-profit organizations in the central and western regions of the U.S.

Funding Sources
This program is funded out of the USDA 514/516 program.

Goals and Objectives
Increase the availability of decent, affordable housing to agricultural workers by providing technical assistance and capacity-building services to organizations willing to develop housing.