The anticipation of a permanent supportive housing project underway in Greeley has some homeless families calling the future apartment site their ‘field of dreams.’
Guadalupe Apartments is a dream come true for homeless shelter residents like Blaise Miller, who lived in the adjacent Guadalupe Community Center shelter for five months before he found an affordable place to live.
“I became homeless last summer,” said Miller, adding that affordable housing is “a blessing from God.”
About 100 local officials and Catholic Charities staff gathered April 14 to celebrate the groundbreaking of Guadalupe Apartments, a 47-unit apartment complex in Greeley to help alleviate the high demand of permanent supportive housing for the low-income and those experiencing homelessness.
Justin Raddatz, executive director of Archdiocesan Housing, an affiliate of Catholic Charities of Denver, and Catholic Charities CEO Larry Smith led the ceremony along with local and county officials and project partners.
“The Church has to get involved with helping those who are most in need,” Raddatz said. “That’s the reason we exist and that’s really our calling here.”
The apartments, which are being built at 1442 N. 11th Ave. in Greeley, will offer studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units designed for those transitioning out of homelessness, families impacted by the 2013 Front Range flood, and low-income households that earn less than 30 percent of Weld County’s average income.
It will be the first large-scale supportive housing project of its kind in Weld County that will also offer supportive services, including case management, mental health assessments and referrals, and resources to find employment are intended to help future residents rebuild their lives.
Greeley Mayor Tom Norton said it will fill a great need in the city.
“We much appreciate Catholic Charities for their commitment (to housing),” said Mayor Norton. “I think it’s a necessary part of what we need in Greeley.”
Archdiocesan Housing identified a high need after discovering an estimated 1,000 individuals and families in the area meet the income requirements to apply for a unit.
The $10 million project is primarily funded through the sales proceeds of federal low-income housing tax credits and state tax credits, which were awarded in July 2015. A grand opening is planned in April 2017. Plans are to accept applications beginning next year, 2017. For more information visit archdiocesanhousing.org or call 303-830-0215.
Read a press release from Colorado Housing Finance Authority.