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.  

Home Safety Workshop

Community Connections is hosting a Home Safety Workshop on Wednesday, December 13 at 3 p.m. at 9471 Dorothy Blvd., Thornton.  The workshop will be presented by our partners at Brothers Redevelopment, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides programs and services for housing, home modifications and repairs, and housing counseling.  All are welcome to join us for this 1-hour workshop to learn how to safeguard your home from trip hazards, electrical outlets, heating and cooling systems, and more.  Registration is not required.  For more information see the attached flyer or contact Community Connections at 720-977-5800 or email

CodeCAP Program Has Started!

In August 2023, the City of Thornton launched a new Code Compliance Assistance Program (CodeCAP) to assist income-eligible Thornton homeowners to fix 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 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 resource may be available.  For more information and to get an application, contact Community Connections at 720-977-5800 or at

Housing Needs Assessment

In 2019, the City completed a Housing Needs Assessment and an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. 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

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 on 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.