A 10-story office building on the Denver Health and Hospital Authority campus is being converted into 110 homes for low-income seniors and transition homes for patients discharged from the hospital.
Denver Health and the Denver Housing Authority (DHA) are collaborating on the project that aims to connect residents with health services.
The 655 Broadway Reuse will receive approximately $ 18 million in low-income residential property tax credits from Enterprise Housing Credit Investments.
“Research has shown that health and housing are directly linked,” said Jennie Rodgers, vice president and market leader in Denver for Enterprise Community Partners, the parent company of Enterprise. “People with access to affordable, stable living space go to the emergency room less often, experience better physical and mental health and live healthier lives. Enterprise is committed to increasing the collaboration between housing and health to create more opportunities for people to flourish. “
Hospitals cannot discharge patients who do not have a safe place. As a result, it is not uncommon for patients to stay in hospital beds for weeks or months after their recovery, resulting in financial burdens and unavailability of beds.
The 655 Broadway homes will provide long-term affordable housing and a safe haven for patients to whom they cannot turn, officials say.
“As an anchor institution, we deliver more than high quality clinical care to the community we serve,” said Robin D. Wittenstein, CEO of Denver Health, a comprehensive healthcare and hospital system. “We use our resources to positively influence many of the factors that affect a person’s wellbeing. The ability to provide safe temporary accommodation for some of our most vulnerable patients when they leave the hospital is vital. We are honored to be part of this solution for our patients and the Denver community. “
The development will include furnished studio and one-room apartments, 96 of which are for seniors aged 62 and over. The remaining 14 apartments will serve as temporary housing for patients who need additional health care and residential support after they are released from hospital.
All residents have access to the property management and resident service staff. Ground floor and lower level amenities include common and activity rooms, a maintenance shop, exercise and physical / surgical therapy facilities, and a computer and business center.
“We are proud to use funding from our Delivering for Denver (D3) bonding initiative, which enables us to transform this centrally located commercial property into an important community resource,” said David Nisivoccia, Executive Director of DHA. “We appreciate working with our long-term partners Denver Health and Enterprise Housing Credit Investments for their commitment to affordable housing and access to quality health services for those who need it most.”
To further develop the partnership and the new housing model, Enterprise Community Partners hosted a design lab where executives from Denver Health and DHA met to discuss creating a healthy and healing physical environment for the transition homes. In a moderated workshop format, the participants brainstormed potential design requirements, categorized their ideas and prioritized solutions based on the potential impact. The lab was part of Health Begins with Home, Enterprise Community Partners’s five-year $ 250 million initiative to build cross-industry partnerships between home and healthcare.
655 Broadway will include significant energy efficiency upgrades and be certified according to the Enterprise Green Communities criteria. Green features include highly efficient mechanical systems, Energy Star appliances, the use of carpets and paints with low VOC content, and improved building sealing and insulation. The building is also going through the National Park Service’s historic designation process due to its architectural character.