Weld County’s largest Permanent Supportive Housing complex opens in Greeley
Weld County residents battling high rents or homelessness will find a welcoming home at Guadalupe Apartments, a Permanent Supportive Housing complex in Greeley that provides a stable and productive environment for residents.
“It’s the best apartment complex in Greeley,” said 26-year-old Christopher Llamas, one of first residents, who experienced homelessness because of a brain injury. “I would recommend it. I’m enjoying every moment.”
Guadalupe Apartments, located at 1520 N. 11th Ave. in Greeley, began leasing 47 new studio, 1- and 2-bedroom units in September to meet the demand for supportive housing at an affordable price. Supportive housing combines non-time-limited affordable housing assistance with supportive services, including case management, mental health assessments and referrals, and employment resources intended to help residents rebuild their lives.
“Guadalupe Apartments is like a home with a coach,” said Justin Raddatz, executive director of Archdiocesan Housing, Inc. “Not only does each resident receive a beautiful, furnished apartment to call home, but also has on-site access to an array of supportive services to help them overcome any challenge they are facing toward achieving their life’s goals. It truly took an entire community to bring this great project together.”
More than 150 guests, including local affordable housing leaders, stakeholders and government officials are expected to attend the grand opening event at the complex, marking Archdiocesan Housing Inc.’s completion of the large-scale project and collaboration with organizations to make it a reality. The project was brought to life by countless volunteers, partners and dozens of organizations including U.S. Bank, the Colorado Department of Housing, City of Greeley and North Range Behavioral Health. The 16-month project cost $13.5 million. Archdiocesan Housing manages 29 affordable housing properties that offer 1,719 rental units, serving more than 3,100 residents.
Catholic Charities of Denver president and CEO Larry Smith will deliver remarks, and Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of the Archdiocese of Denver will give a blessing over the three-story building, located across from Guadalupe Community Center, a 60-bed homeless shelter. The ceremony begins at 10:45 a.m., followed by a reception and lunch.
With rising housing costs and dropping vacancy rates, many individuals and families feel the pressure to find permanent housing options along the Front Range. Archdiocesan Housing, an affiliate of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver, hopes to alleviate that pressure with Guadalupe Apartments.
The building is uniquely 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 the county’s average income, Raddatz said.
An estimated 1,000 individuals and families in the area meet the income requirements to qualify. The apartments are subsidized through the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development voucher program so residents will pay no more than 30 percent of their income towards rent; the government will subsidize the rest.
Learn more at www.archdiocesanhousing.org/properties/guadalupe-apartments.
Major Donors for Guadalupe Apartment Furnishings
Carrico Family Foundation - Living & Dining Room Furniture
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: Greeley and Windsor Stakes
—Beds, bedding, dressers, nightstands; 200 youth & adult volunteers: 2,000 hours dedicated
Sam’s Club / Walmart Foundation
Trinity Episcopal Church
Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church
Other Generous Contributors
After Hours Rotary
Area Agency on Aging staff
Eric & Jillian Broce
Christ Community Church
Keith C. Coleman
Holly Darby & Family
Dos Rios Elementary
Nancy & Jerry Duncan
First Congregational Church
David & Rebecca Funderburk
Patty & John Gates
Grace Point Continuing Senior Campus
Greeley Centennial Rotary
Greeley Police Department
Guadalupe Community Center
Mark & Enita Hout
North Colorado Medical Center
Marlene and Del Miles
St. Brigit Episcopal Church
United Way of Weld County
Volunteers unloaded trucks, moved and assembled furniture and shopped and staged apartments with donated items.
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