Attention Homes to expand teen shelter
Last Updated: 16:32 March 28, 2012
BOULDER - Nonprofit group Attention Homes will spruce up and add to its teen shelter at 3080 Broadway with the help of $474,000 in new funds.
Jackie Long and The Wyss Foundation, created by Hansjörg Wyss, donated $397,000 to the project. An additional $75,000 is coming from the city of Boulder's Affordable Housing Fund.
No contractor has been chosen yet to do the renovation and potential addition work at the shelter, said Allison Disbrow, development director. The shelter currently has 12 beds in five bedrooms, and hopes to get approval from city planners to expand to 16 to 20 beds, Disbrow said. It's located in a house that is nearly 100 years old.
"We want to add more bedrooms, depending on what the city will allow us to do," Disbrow said.
Attention Homes offers counseling and shelter to at-risk youth. Homelessness among young people in Boulder County in the 13- to 24-year-old age range has increased from 61 to 203 people in the last two years, based on a study done in January by the county that compared numbers to a similar study done in January 2009.
The shelter, which hosts both day visits and overnight stays, housed about 100 boys and girls for some period of time during the last year. In addition, Attention Homes has seen a total of 1,500 teens during the day (many of the same teens who live there at night) and has made 4,400 contacts with teens on the street since opening the Runaway & Homeless Youth program a year ago.
Attention Homes has 18 paid staff members and operates with an annual budget of about $1.2 million, receiving grants from individuals, businesses and government sources, and in-kind services from numerous volunteers.
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