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 shared pride.  

Unable to make rental payments because of financial hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Adams County – in partnership with Maiker Housing Partners, Brighton Housing Authority, and Commerce City Housing Authority – may be able to help through the Adams County Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program.

If you meet these criteria:

  • Qualify for unemployment or have experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship, directly or indirectly, due to COVID-19.

  • Are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.

  • Rent a home in Adams County.

  • Have a household income at or below 80% of the area median income, or AMI (see below).

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You may be eligible to receive:

  • Help with past due rent and/or utilities.

  • Assistance includes payment of rent three (3) months forward.

To apply click here.

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Eviction Moratorium

On August 27, 2021 the Supreme Court has ruled that the Center for Disease Control's Eviction Moratorium is unconstitutional. As of 8/27/21 there is currently no legal eviction moratorium in effect.

Private Activity Bonds

The City of Thornton's Community Connections Division administers the Private Activity Bond program, which are tax-exempt bonds issued that can be used for a variety of activities.

Private Activity Bonds (PAB's) may be used for such projects as:

  • New construction or acquisition/rehabilitation of housing for low to moderate income people.
  • Single-Family Mortgage Revenue Bonds (SFMRB) - bonds sold by local and state agencies to help low and moderate income people purchase homes in the City of Thornton.
  • Mortage Credit Certificates (MCC) - local issuers may use a bond allocation as mortgage credit certificates for qualified home buyers.
  • Manufacturing "small issue" industrial development bonds (not to exceed $10,000,000) for construction of manufacturing facilities that produce goods.
  • Qualified redevelopment bonds for acquiring property in blighted areas, prepare land for redevelopment, and relocate occupants of structres on the acquired property.
  • Exempt facility bonds for hazardous waste facilities, solid waste disposal facilities, water and sewer facilities, mass commuting facilities, local district heating and cooling facilities, local electric energy or gas facilities and multifamily housing bonds.
  • Qualifieid 501(c) (3) bonds for use by non-profit hospitals and private universities.

If you have questions regarding use of Private Activity Bonds and would like to learn more, visit the Colorado Division of Local Affairs Website to learn more: