A private non-profit organization, Thistle is part of the heart and soul of Boulder County. Thistle develops, manages and preserves quality, permanently affordable rental and ownership homes in Boulder County. Since our founding in 1989, we’ve created over 1,000 affordable homes. With our valued partners, we invest in our properties to preserve and enhance over $45M in community assets.

We believe affordable housing is more than just a place to live. Thistle contributes to the diversity and inclusivity of our communities by creating comfortable, quality homes in welcoming neighborhoods and supporting working and low-income families to live near where they work. We listen to our residents and practice empathetic management, and partner with service providers for the benefit of our residents, staff and

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Thistle Values


Thistle is welcoming and open. We create diverse communities.


Our communities are thriving and vibrant.


We engage our residents, using events, art projects, and partners.


We are passionate and dedicated to adding affordable homes to our community.


Our Board and staff are trustworthy and mission-driven.


We strive for quality of life through valued service and properties.


Thistle stands out in the Community!


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