Home house construction development

Adams County is undertaking a housing needs assessment and is asking for residents to give feedback about their housing decisions.

“Adams County receives funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and is conducting a study to better understand residents’ housing decisions and experiences living and working in the county and its cities,” the county wrote on its website.

The survey asks which factors were most important to residents in choosing their home, including cost, crime rate, and wanting to “live near people like me.” It also collects responses for housing challenges, such as being afraid of eviction or having problems with a homeowners association.

“By taking this survey, our residents can help us shine the light on housing opportunities and challenges in our community, to help us craft sustainable housing solutions,” said Raymond Gonzales, the county manager.

The previous housing needs assessment in 2017 showed that between 2000 and 2015, Adams was the second-fastest-growing county in the Denver metro area, behind only Douglas. The document noted that between 2009 and 2015, average household size ticked up from 2.6 people to nearly three people per dwelling.

“Given population growth projections, the county will need to add an additional 3,500 to 4,000 units annually to maintain the current average household size of 2.98 persons – a tall order, as permits for new construction have not been issued at that rate since 2005,” the assessment concluded.

At the time, the assessment found that Adams County had higher unemployment, lower educational attainment and lower housing values than the metro area. A more recent study from ATTOM Data Solutions, a property data company, found that Adams County remained an outlier among metro Denver counties, in that it is cheaper to buy a home than to rent.

The survey closes on Feb. 29 and respondents may enter to receive a $100 gift card.

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