Reasonably priced residences open in former Denver church

The historic Cap Hill Church also has shared bathrooms, laundry facilities, and living and kitchen areas.

DENVER – The city of Denver has opened 48 new supportive housing units for those transitioning from homelessness.

Located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, the Saint Francis Warren Residences were built in a former church at 1630 East 14th Avenue.

The historic property has been converted into 48 homeless residences who will benefit from voluntary professional services and case management, said Denver’s Department of Housing Stability (HOST).

The new center’s units are approximately 150 square feet and each houses one person per unit. The residences include large common spaces that create a sense of community and preserve the architectural beauty and historical significance of the church, HOST said.

All residents have access to shared bathrooms, laundry rooms, living and kitchen areas so that residents can build community in the building’s common areas.

“We are fortunate to have community partners like the Saint Francis Center working on many different levels to solve homelessness,” said HOST Executive Director Britta Fisher. “The Warren Residences will be a beacon of hope and stability for many in our community for decades to come.”

According to HOST, tenants have already started moving in and all units are income restricted for those earning up to 30% of the median income of the area (up to $ 22,050 for a single person household).

“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 Luehrs, executive director of the Saint Francis Center. “We can transform unused sacred spaces into active sacred spaces and change people’s lives.”

HOST has granted Saint Francis Warren Residences a $ 2.1 million development loan.

According to HOST, the property was made possible through the DHA Delivers for Denver Program, a partnership between the city and the Denver Housing Authority that uses property tax revenues for the Denver Affordable Housing Fund. Other public funding partners are the Colorado Housing & Finance Authority and the Colorado Division of Housing.

There are currently 1,353 affordable city-funded housing units under construction / maintenance in 26 locations across Denver, according to HOST. A further 1,175 income-related units are planned.

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