Who We Are
To be a leader in providing quality housing options and transformative opportunities for people and communities.
Metro West Housing Solutions (MWHS) was formed in 1974 as the Lakewood Housing Authority (LHA). At the time, the Lakewood City Council acknowledged the community’s shortage of sufficient, decent, safe, affordable, and sanitary homes for its citizens. The LHA was created to meet this need. During the 1970s and 1980s, the LHA developed affordable housing programs for Lakewood residents including: implementation and management of the Section 8 program; purchase of dilapidated property and rehabilitation for sale to first time home buyers and moderate income families; and acquisition of affordable rental options in the community.
The agency increasingly recognized that housing may be a primary barrier to a high quality of life and self-sufficiency, but not the only obstacle. Accordingly, the LHA broadened its efforts to include self-sufficiency and education programs and services including financial literacy, first-time homeowner preparation, health and wellness programs, and scholarships. A 501(c)3 was created to expand funding opportunities in-house and to establish community partnerships for service provision.
The organization grew in the late 1990s and 2000s and the once cautious housing authority grew into a multi-faceted developer, property manager, and service provider. The LHA began managing its own properties, acquiring and rehabilitating apartment complexes, and developing its own newly constructed apartment communities. In 2008 the LHA purchased its own office building for headquarters and rebranded itself as Metro West Housing Solutions to reflect its evolving mission and expanding geographic reach. Today MWHS remains a fiscally-responsible, affordable housing developer, property manager and provider of resident services that is well known locally and nationally for its success in housing and service delivery. MWHS strives to not only to develop and provide quality affordable housing and services to its clients, but to educate others on the importance of attainable affordable housing in communities and the positive outcomes and lasting impacts it provides.
Metro West Housing Solutions releases an annual report to the public to share information such has, successful initiatives, community partnerships and financial stability. Learn more about MWHS by reviewing our reports.
Memberships & Community Partnerships
MWHS holds memberships with organizations such as the Colorado Housing & Finance Authority, Realty Endeavors for Affordable Community Housing (REACH), National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), Colorado NAHRO, United States Green Building Council, Housing Colorado NOW!, Colorado Renewable Energy Society, and other various training organizations to keep up-to-date on matters in the affordable housing industry. MWHS staff continually works to make community connections by attending local neighborhood and business association meetings with focus on building community partnerships to benefit our residents and the greater Lakewood community.
Metro West Housing Solutions is governed by a five-member Board. Members are carefully selected by the Board and appointed by Lakewood's Mayor to serve.
Karen Kellen, Chair
(Appointed in 2018)
Bill Marino, Vice Chair
(Appointed in 2012)
LaDawn Sperling, Commissioner
(Appointed in 2023)
Tom Quinn, Commissioner
(Appointed in 2023)
George Valuck, Commissioner
(Appointed in 2013)
Board Contact: MWHS Board c/o Stephanie Littleton
575 Union Blvd, Ste. 100 Lakewood, CO 80228
Meetings are typically held in the evening on the fourth Monday of each month. If you have questions or are interested in joining, please contact for details.
Meeting Notice: MWHS will hold its next regular Board meeting on Monday, December 11th at 5:00 p.m. This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom.
- Agenda: Please check back for the meeting agenda.
PUBLIC NOTICE: Metro West Housing Solutions (MWHS) is a public body, corporate and politic, organized and existing under the Housing Authorities Law of the State of Colorado. As a public entity, certain claims against MWHS or its employees must strictly comply with the provisions of Colorado Revised Statutes § 24-10-109, as may be amended from time to time.