The mission of the Loveland Housing Development Corporation (LHDC) is to provide low and moderate income residents of Loveland with opportunities for home and community through housing.
LHDC is the non-profit arm of the Loveland Housing Authority and the umbrella for the Resident Initiatives Project. The goal of this project is to provide access to resources and opportunities that enrich the lives of the people living in properties managed by the housing authority. Pathways of empowerment are being built out for youth, veterans, and seniors as they are the most vulnerable people we serve. We achieve this by forging connections with existing community programs and opportunities that enable our residents to thrive.
The need for a local housing authority was documented and promoted by the Loveland League of Women Voters in 1971. In that same year, the Loveland Housing Authority was organized as a not-for profit corporation.The Housing Authority created the Loveland Housing Development Corporation (LHDC), a 501-C-3 non-profit corporation, in 1972 to be the ownership entity of its first public housing development - Maple Terrace.
In 1981 Sam Betters was appointed to the position of Executive Director and currently is the longest standing employee, celebrating 41 years of service to the Loveland Housing community. Today, the Loveland Housing Authority is governed by a five member board appointed by the Loveland City Council.
In 2016, the Loveland Housing Authority expanded its commitment to providing opportunities for residents to thrive in their communities through the creation of the Resident Initiatives Project. This initiative is developing a robust service model that will provide access to educational enrichment, better employment, healthy living, and other opportunities that enrich the lives of the individuals and families we house.
U.S. Navy Veteran Stanley Strelecki went to half a dozen property managers when he needed housing only to learn that on a fixed income he would never be able to afford the cost of rent and basic necessities and that the waitlists for affordable housing programs could be as long as four years.
*Colorado's Homeless Veteran population increased by 24% in 2016
*The average rent in Loveland rose to $1333 per month in 2016
*77% of individuals in Housing First programs maintain housing
The Housing First program at The Edge provides low-cost housing to homeless veterans with on-site wrap around services and supports. The goal is to move vulnerable individuals into housing quickly and ensure they are able to remain in housing over the long term by addressing barriers to stability.
"It has been such a blessing to not be on the street, first of all, but second of all to be part of a community. We are so glad to be here!"
-Christine, US Army Veteran