Established in 1953, Thornton started with three homes that were built with families in mind. Today, Thornton is still focused on providing quality housing and healthy, vibrant neighborhoods for those who desire to live in our community. When neighborhoods are healthy and vibrant residents prosper, the local economy grows, and there is a sense of community and shared pride.  

Contractor Seminar: Learn How to Become Qualified to Work on Federally Funded Projects

The city of Thornton and other federally funded communities are seeking contractors for home rehabilitation programs to assist low- to moderate-income homeowners with home repairs to address health, safety, accessibility, and energy efficiency improvements. The repairs offered are free to qualified homeowners and paid through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) federal funding.

Contractors working with CDBG-funded programs must meet federal requirements. Are you interested, but want to learn more? Contact Mayra Ramirez at 720-977-5818 or

Directory of Federally Qualified Contractors Partner Meeting

The CodeCAP program hosted a partner meeting, in collaboration with Colorado APEX Accelerator, discussing the creation of a regional directory of federally qualified contractors to be shared among Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)-funded programs. Representatives from home repair programs, non-profits, and business development organizations were in attendance. During the meeting, Colorado APEX Accelerator presented their end-to-end business support services and a summary of the process for businesses to meet federal requirements. Lastly, attendees were presented with information for a contractor seminar where businesses and partners can learn the process of becoming federally qualified. The seminar will be hosted by CodeCAP and facilitated by Colorado APEX Accelerator. Partners are encouraged to invite contractors and collaborators to the seminar. 

Video and PowerPoints for the meeting are displayed below.


Directory of Federally Qualified Contractors Partner Meeting.pptx

CodeCAP Program Has Started!

The City of Thornton's new Code Compliance Assistance Program (CodeCAP) assists income-eligible Thornton homeowners in fixing city code violations in their yards. The program is federally funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and therefore is free to qualified lower-income residents. Eligible projects include:

  • Removal of hazardous trees
  • Trash and debris removal, including furniture, appliances, and vehicles.
  • Fence repair or replacement
  • Minor restorative front yard WaterWise landscaping
Not all projects are eligible, and funding is limited. CodeCAP is not a lawn mowing or weed removal program, however other resources may be available.  For more information and to get an application, contact Community Connections at 720-977-5800 or

Housing Needs Assessment

In 2019, the City completed a Housing Needs Assessment (HNA) and an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI). These two reports were used to help the City make a set of recommendations to plan for the future of the City and to understand the reality of housing in our City. Thornton's population grew from 82,506 in 2000 to 142,282 in 2022, while the City's housing stock grew from 29,481 units in 2000 to 48,948 in 2021. The most common housing problem for Thornton households is being cost-burdened (paying more than 30% of their income towards their housing costs). In 2017, 32.2% of all households were cost-burdened, while 51.6% of all renters in Thornton were cost-burdened. The Housing Needs Assessment identifies challenges, and needs, then sets goals for how to address these problems. If you would like to read the assessment in its entirety you can find it here:  2019_HNA_AI_Final.pdf  

Starting in April of 2024, the city will launch the 2024 HNA and AI.   The HNA process will contact dozens of community stakeholders, hold public input meetings, conduct a community survey, research the latest socio-economic information, examine existing housing and its costs, and provide an action plan for the city and our community partners to expedite.

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act and the National Fair Housing Alliance’s 30th Anniversary, Nationwide released January 25, 2018, its short documentary film “Seven Days.” The short film, produced by Nationwide, chronicles the seven days between the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the passage of the Fair Housing Act. See the video here.