Thank you for stopping to learn more about us! Our agency is a non-profit property developer, manager, and human services provider. Metro West Housing Solutions' staff of 75+ owns and manages apartments in Lakewood and Denver, provides Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers to eligible Lakewood residents, and facilitates a wide range of human services for clients. I am proud to be the Executive Director of such an innovative and vibrant agency that genuinely cares about it's mission. I've been the Executive Director since 2000 and during that time it's been a honor to see our developments and programs expand and make such a positive difference in many people's lives. Please read this page to learn more about us and check our website frequently for updates on our developments, programs and community impact.
To be a leader in providing quality housing options and transformative opportunities for people and communities.
- Provide a diversity of housing options, focusing on low to moderate income households
- Achieve environmental excellence
- Deliver a range of resident services
- Maintain fiscal responsibility
- Participate in collaborative opportunities
Metro West Housing Solutions (MWHS) was formed in 1974 as the Lakewood Housing Authority (LHA). At the time, the Lakewood City Council acknowledged the community's shortage of sufficient, decent, safe, affordable, and sanitary homes for its citizens. The LHA was created to meet this need. During the 1970s and 1980s, the LHA developed affordable housing programs for Lakewood residents including: implementation and management of the Section 8 program; purchase of dilapidated property and rehabilitation for sale to first time home buyers and moderate income families; and acquisition of affordable rental options in the community.
The agency increasingly recognized that housing may be a primary barrier to a high quality of life and self-sufficiency, but not the only obstacle. Accordingly, the LHA broadened its efforts to include self-sufficiency and education programs and services including financial literacy, first-time homeowner preparation, health and wellness programs, and scholarships. A 501(c)3 was created to expand funding opportunities in-house and to establish community partnerships for service provision.
The organization grew in the late 1990s and 2000s and the once cautious housing authority grew into a multi-faceted developer, property manager, and service provider. The LHA began managing its own properties, acquiring and rehabilitating apartment complexes, and developing its own newly constructed apartment communities. In 2008 the LHA purchased its own office building for headquarters and rebranded itself as Metro West Housing Solutions to reflect its evolving mission and expanding geographic reach. Today MWHS remains a fiscally-responsible, well-respected non-profit and is known locally and nationally for its success in housing and service delivery.
MWHS is govern by a board of 5 commissioners - learn more about the board here.
MWHS strives to be a leader in its industry and has been recognized with numerous awards since 1993 for its accomplishments in the areas of sustainability and green building, architectural design, financial management, and allocation of human services. To find out more about our awards go here.
2018 Agency Plan
Metro West Housing Solutions releases an annual report to share recent information and progress with the public and to showcase successful initiatives. Click below to access a copy of our past three annual reports. If you would like to see an older annual report, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (303) 987-7580.
2019 Annual Report
2018 Annual Report
2017 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report
2010 Annual Report
2009 Annual Report
2008 Annual Report
Visit our Board Page to learn more about the visionaries and leaders of our organization.
PUBLIC NOTICE: Metro West Housing Solutions (MWHS) is a public body, corporate and politic, organized and existing under the Housing Authorities Law of the State of Colorado. As a public entity, certain claims against MWHS or its employees must strictly comply with the provisions of Colorado Revised Statutes § 24-10-109, as may be amended from time to time.