Denver, CO—Archdiocesan Housing will break ground next week on a new 47-unit apartment complex in Greeley to help meet the demand for permanent supportive housing among homeless and low-income individuals and families who experience multiple challenges to housing stability.
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on the site of Guadalupe Apartments, a complex designed to provide renters with a more stable and productive life, at 2 p.m. on April 14.
“We are very excited to serve additional individuals and families in need with this project,” said Justin Raddatz, executive director of Archdiocesan Housing, Inc.
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, seeks to alleviate that pressure by building the first large-scale permanent supportive housing project in Weld County.
Raddatz said the complex, located at 1442 N. 11th Ave., 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. An estimated 1,000 individuals and families in the area meet the income requirements to qualify for a studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartment. 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, Raddatz said.
The complex will be adjacent to the Guadalupe Community Center and Shelter, a 60-bed homeless shelter, and across the street from Weld County municipal offices. A range of supportive services, including case management, mental health assessments and referrals, and resources to find employment are intended to help future residents rebuild their lives.
“We’re not only providing a great home for individuals and families in need, but also an array of support services to give each of our residents the best chance of success,” Raddatz said. “Catholic Charities fundamentally believes that all people, regardless of circumstance, have indissoluble dignity. We exist to serve and support our neighbors who are most in need.”
The $10 million project was 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 with its project partners including the City of Greeley, North Range Behavioral Health, Sunrise Community Health, High Plains Library District, U.S. Bank and the Colorado Department of Housing.
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