Our Mission

Mission & History

The Engagement, a partnership of local agencies in the Valley, collected Back-to-School clothes, supplies and shoes for 15 families that needed assistance at Garden Village Apartments. Each child received their own polka-dot bag with custom items just for them.

Our mission is simple. Housing Resources of Western Colorado (HRWC) wants to make our community a better place by providing housing services to those in need. We accomplish our mission through our core values of altruism, integrity, quality, trust, and fiscal responsibility. HRWC has been a vital part of the Western Colorado community for over 42 years. HRWC has continued to grow with the help of our donors and volunteers that make our mission possible.

Meeting the rising housing challenges of low and moderate-income households in Western Colorado will require resourcefulness and the ability to deliver both proven and innovative solutions.

Back-to-School items being reviewed...I think that the back-pack is O.K.!

Excited to see what the Back-to-school bags contain!

History Timeline

  • 1977

    Founded as The Grand Junction Public Energy Information Office and funded by Mesa County and the City of Grand Junction to provide solar energy conservation, education and recycling program.

  • 1982

    Began delivering low cost weatherization under funding from the Colorado Office of Energy Conservation.

  • 1982

    Became a 501C (3) not for profit organization.

  • 1988

    Awarded contract from the Colorado Division of Housing to provide Weatherization in Mesa County.

  • 1991

    Established the Housing Rehabilitation program.

  • 1995 Certified by the State of Colorado as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) under the state HOME Program. Initiation of the CHDO designation was prompted by the need for development of permanent affordable housing options in the Grand Junction and Mesa County areas.

  • 1997 Established a USDA Rural Development Mutual Self Help Housing program.

  • 1998

    Initiated the affordable rental program with the purchase of Tiffany Apartments - 15 units.

  • 1999 Produced first tax credit project - Grand Valley Apartments - 50 units.

    Expanded the Weatherization program to become the regional provider.

  • 2000

    Purchased and rehabilitated Linden Apartments - 12 units.

  • 2001

    Became a charter member of NeighborWorks America.

  • 2002

    Changed our name from The Energy Office to Housing Resources of Western Colorado.

    Celebrated 25th anniversary.

    Purchased and rehabbed second tax credit project - Garden Village Apartments - 91 units.

  • 2003

    Purchased an energy efficient office building located at 524 30 Road and relocated Housing Resources of Western Colorado (HRWC) offices.

  • 2004 Partnered with Homeward Bound to establish the Phoenix project, the purchase and rehab of 8 apartments for homeless Veterans transitional housing.

  • 2005

    Established a HUD Housing Counseling program.

  • 2006

    Purchased four HUD foreclosures for rehab and resale.

    Assumed field operations at the MADA weatherization office.

  • 2007

    Increased efforts towards energy conservation by holding a green design workshop, teaching building professionals about green techniques, and initiating LEED-EB certification process for HRWC office building.

    Celebrated 30th Anniversary and completion of over 200 Self Help homes.

  • 2008

    Increased replacement of refrigerators, furnaces, and boilers by 150% through ESP Plus program by partnership with Mesa County Youth Corps.

    Received donation of 12 acres of vacant land from Mesa County.

    Began foreclosure mitigation counseling with work-out plans/loan modifications.

  • 2009

    Increased by over 100% number of Tier I energy audits completed.

    Completed 46 homes in Self Help Program—an increase in production of over 100%!

  • 2010

    Received first designation of Grand Junction for LEED Existing Building Certification for our Plaza de Sol office building.

    Received $2.2 million in federal stimulus funds for Weatherization program to double production.

  • 2011

    Completed construction of our Community Building at Garden Village Apartments.

    Received $2.5 million in grant funds and completed 510 weatherization jobs.

  • 2012

    Completed our 300th home in Mutual Self-Help Housing Program.

  • 2013

    Through a grant from Renewable Energy Trust and Xcel rebates, Housing Resources installed a 29.645KW photovoltaric system on our office building. 90% of our electrical needs are met through this new system.

  • 2018

    Became a Certified Housing Development Organization for the State of Colorado and received a HUD Housing Counseling Certification.

Children from Clifton Village South making their selection for new park equipment and the Park site.