affordable housing development for homeless breaks ground in greeley
(GREELEY, Colo.) – Guadalupe Apartments, a 47-unit permanent supportive housing development breaks ground today on its future site at the Guadalupe Community Center and Shelter in Greeley. The project is being developed by Archdiocesan Housing Inc., a subsidiary of Catholic Charities of Denver, and is being developed in part to serve those displaced by the 2013 Colorado floods.
Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) awarded $500,584 in federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and $601,586 in state LIHTCs to support the development of Guadalupe Apartments.
"Congratulations to Catholic Charities for bringing this vital housing development to the community of Greeley. CHFA is committed to helping Coloradans end the cycle of homelessness. Last year, with the help of Colorado’s new state LIHTC program and the Governor’s Permanent Supportive Housing Toolkit, CHFA was able to support the development of 282 new rental units for homeless households, which was the most supported by CHFA in any single year of our history," said Cris White, executive director and CEO of CHFA.
Guadalupe Apartments will serve formerly homeless families and individuals and provide supportive services such as employment resources, case management, and mental health referrals. Recent data shows that more than 250 individuals are in need of permanent housing in Weld County, half of which are under the age of 25.
"Catholic Charities believes in the fundamental dignity of all people, regardless of circumstance or hardship. We exist to serve and support those in our communities who are most in need of help. The Guadalupe Apartments project is a wonderful opportunity for us to provide a safe, peaceful, and inspiring home for each of our residents, along with supportive services aimed to give each person the best chance for success. Without CHFA and the LIHTC program—most notably the new state tax credit issuance—this project would not have happened," said Justin Raddatz, executive director of Archdiocesan Housing Inc., a subsidiary of Catholic Charities of Denver.
Jennifer Lopez, director of homeless initiatives for Governor John Hickenlooper said, "Everyone needs a safe place to call home. Thanks to the perseverance of an incredible group of committed individuals and organizations, this dynamic new community will provide the housing and supportive services that vulnerable Coloradans need to live healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives."
Guadalupe Apartments will offer 10 two-bedroom units, 19 one-bedroom units, and 18 studio apartments. Leasing is expected to begin in early 2017.