The Journey to Home
In early fall, an exceptional milestone in the development of housing for all became a reality when the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless opened its new Stout Street Health Center and Renaissance Stout Street Lofts. By combining health and housing in one location, this innovative project increases integrated health care access for up to 18,000 homeless individuals each year and provides supportive housing for 78 formerly homeless households.
Recognizing supportive housing as a critical element across the City’s ambitious spectrum of housing approaches, OED funded $1 million for the Stout Street Lofts.
Resident Michael Barge was one of the first to move in when his fourth-floor, one-bedroom unit at Renaissance Stout Street Lofts was completed. He had arrived in Denver by bus less than a year earlier from St. Louis, and through a day program at Samaritan House, he was referred to a substance abuse rehabilitation program at Ft. Lyons. His successful completion of that rigorous, six-month work in July coincided with the opening of the Lofts.
“It’s really beautiful here, a blessing,” he said. “It’s brand new, too. It’s taken me years to get where I am, but I made it. This is home for me now.”
Wonderful stories of future journeys home gained another boost when OED provided $1.2 million for the Coalition’s Renaissance at North Colorado Station, which has just broken ground and is expected to open in December 2015.