ULC preserves, develops, stewards and manages permanently affordable real estate to positively impact lives and communities in Colorado.
ULC’s vision is for underserved populations and those at risk of displacement to be able to live and thrive within vibrant diverse neighborhoods that have physical assets and resources necessary for individuals to enjoy a high quality of life. These assets and resources include but are not limited to:
- affordable housing
- office space for nonprofits
- job training
- good schools
- health care, and
- other support services.
We serve under resourced populations at risk of displacement by creating access to opportunity through our work.
We promote a culture that invites and respects diverse points of view
We seek to understand community needs and create partnerships to carry out our work
We steward real estate for long term community benefit
We are committed to practices that improve energy efficiency and sustainability of the natural environment
Urban Land Conservancy’s successful community impact depends on partnerships with public, private and nonprofit organizations. Each of our real estate investments include partner organizations, from affordable housing developers and schools, to municipalities and nonprofits working in shared space facilities. Collaboration is critical to our metro wide planning efforts.
WHY WE DO IT
In January 2018, Shift Research Lab published a report titled, Exploring Colorado’s Housing Affordability Challenges in All of Their Complexity. The report argues that Colorado’s housing crisis is largely a supply issue, and now is the time to develop innovative approaches to improving our housing system.
In 2003, ULC was founded by Sam Gary (Gary Williams Energy) when he noticed an immediate need to preserve community assets in Metro Denver. 16 later, and our mission to preserve and develop real estate for long term community benefit is as relevant as ever. Our unique approach and innovative techniques to increase affordable options in Metro Denver through strategic real estate development has been noted in CityLab from The Atlantic and The Guardian.