Doubled-Up and Dealing with It: Responding to Shared Housing Arrangements

Event Details

DRCOG Office
1290 Broadway
Independence Pass Conference Room, First Floor
Denver, CO 80203

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

  • Idea Exchange
  • Mismatched supply and demand for housing, soaring prices, stagnating wages, limits on new construction and dramatic population growth have caused a spike in housing prices in the Denver region.  Multiple families living under one roof represents a strategy that reduces costs of food, utilities, rents and maintenance.  However, such arrangements often run afoul of building occupancy codes, zoning ordinances and restrictive covenants.

    Join us to learn about strategies planners and policymakers can use to address housing-related challenges in the Denver region. Hear from industry experts and public officials about policy and enforcement responses to distinct regional growth dynamics.  Participants will share their experiences and uncover potential partnerships to address equitable, affordable and attainable housing development in the region.

    Spotlighted Resources:

    “How a return to multigenerational living is shifting the housing market”

    A Curbed article that presents data on the shift toward greater levels of multigenerational living in the United States.  More multigenerational families now live together than at any time since 1950.

    “More adults now share their living space…”

    A Pew Research Center report on the increasing prevalence of American adults “doubled up,” or living with other adults with whom they are not romantically involved. 

    Exploring Colorado’s Housing Affordability Challenges 

    Shift Research Lab report and downloadable tool designed to help policymakers, advocates and housing experts better understand the many factors contributing to the state’s housing crisis.