A former historic church on Capitol Hill reopened Friday as a new supportive housing project, providing affordable housing for residents moving out of homelessness.
The Saint Francis Warren Residences consist of 48 dormitories in the former Warren Church at 1630 E. 14th Avenue, the city announced. The units are reserved for homeless residents who earn 30% or less of the median income of the area, up to $ 22,050 for a single-person household, according to the city.
“Warren Residences will be a beacon of hope and stability for many in our community for decades to come,” said Britta Fisher, executive director of the Department of Housing Stability. “We are fortunate to have community partners like the Saint Francis Center who work on many different levels to solve homelessness.”
The units are around 150 square meters and will each accommodate one person, the city announced. The project also includes shared bathrooms, laundry rooms, living and kitchen areas.
The tenants only pay up to 30% of their income in rent and can stay in the apartments as long as they need it, the city announced. The tenants started moving into the units last week, and around 30 tenants will have moved in by Saturday.
In addition to housing, the project also offers tenants voluntary job placement and case management in order to prevent a relapse into homelessness.
“The Warren Residences model is important because it shows the wider community what can be achieved by adapting and reusing available common spaces to support affordable housing,” said Tom Lührs of the Saint Francis Center. “We can turn unused sacred spaces into active sacred spaces and change people’s lives.”
The housing project was supported by a $ 2.1 million Department of Housing Stability loan.
The Saint Francis Warren Residences are the latest city-funded affordable housing project to open in Denver. An additional 1,353 city-funded affordable units are under construction in 26 locations and 1,175 low-income units are planned, the city said.