NORTHERN LIGHTS
LOW INCOME, SWEAT EQUITY HOUSING - A PART OF THE HOLIDAY NEIGHBORHOOD
BOULDER, COLORADO

Project Data:

Owner
Affordable Housing Alliance (AHA)

Anticipated Project Cost
$2.02 Million

Project Size
14 Duplex & Carriage Units on .89 Acres

Completion Date
August 2004

Project Description:

Northern Lights is the second project to be sponsored and developed by the Affordable Housing Alliance.

Sense of community and place was created both through the site design and the process by which the buildings were built. Homes were arranged so that there are ample opportunities for neighborly interaction and public life. Porches and small private yards were key components of each home's design. Home sizes were varied to create a community of diverse residents. Household sizes range from one to five persons with one-, two-, and three-bedroom homes.

Sweat equity was a major component of the building process, with each family contributing 200 hours to the construction of the community. All homes are deed-restricted, with the financial ability of each household establishing the price. Homes were priced to allow families earning between 40% and 79% of the area median income (AMI) to become homeowners.