Doubled Up in the Denver Region Part 2

APA Colorado Chapter


Tuesday, August 13, 2019
noon - 1 p.m. MDT

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Growth in housing costs continues to outpace increases in household incomes.  While this is a problem throughout the nation, it is more pronounced in the Denver region.  As a result, households have begun to live together, a strategy that spreads the cost of food, utilities, rents and maintenance among more people.  This session will explore new data from Shift Research Lab that assesses the extent and depth of “doubling up” in the Denver region.

In 2018, DRCOG hosted Don Elliot, Tina Axelrad and Travis Parker to discuss the “doubling up” phenomenon—when two or more households live under one roof—as a microeconomic cost-saving measure and from the perspective of zoning administration and code enforcement. Though the session was well-received by a large and diverse audience, there had not been enough research to demonstrate the extent or depth of the problem in the Denver region.

Shift Research Lab will soon release a comprehensive report that answers those outstanding questions, especially how many people live in “doubled up” households in the region and what descriptive socio-economic and demographic data tell us about who lives in doubled up households.  The session will have implications for planners and policymakers in the Denver region, who must navigate the turbulent waters of anti-growth sentiment while ensuring communities provide residents access to a range of employment, commerce, housing, educational, cultural and recreational opportunities.

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn about Denver region-specific research available to the public

2. Hear about economic forces that impact housing decisions of Denver region residents

3. Discover implications of planning and economic policies that affect housing markets 


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Jennifer Newcomer

Confirmed Speaker

Jennifer leads the efforts of Shift’s team to transform data into actionable information. Her research focuses on social and built environment related issues, particularly those impacting family economic well-being. Prior to working at Shift, Jennifer worked at the Denver Regional Council of Governments conducting land use forecasting and regional ... Read More

Kevin Priestley, AICP Candidate

Confirmed Speaker

Kevin Priestley is a Planner I with DRCOG, where he supports the regional growth and development division with research, data development and web content management. Before joining DRCOG, Kevin was a researcher at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs in Minneapolis, MN, where he analyzed food access, park access ... Read More

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