BHP to start on apartments for homeless
Last Updated: 15:56 September 30, 2013
The 31-unit apartment complex at 1175 Lee Hill Drive in North Boulder will provide permanent homes and supportive services for homeless people to help them achieve long-term stability and self-reliance.
Boulder Housing Partners is the city of Boulder's housing authority. It builds, owns and manages affordable housing for low and moderate-income Boulder residents.
Boulder-based Deneuve Design Inc., doing business as Deneuve Construction Services, is the general contractor for the $7.6 million project. Humphries Poli Architects PC in Denver is handling the design.
Funding for the project is coming from Boulder County, Colorado Division of Housing, city of Boulder, Fannie Mae and Colorado Housing and Finance Authority.
The two-story, multifamily apartment building will have one-bedroom, furnished units. Residents will have access to indoor and outdoor community spaces, laundry facilities and a community room for classes and social events.
Each resident will be assigned a case manager whose role is to assist them in obtaining available community services such as federal income benefits, medical care, counseling, and job training. BHP will contract with the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless to provide on-site case managers for residents.
Residents will be charged rent of up to 30 percent of their income. The remainder of the rent will be covered by a federal voucher from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
"The recent flood event reminds us all about the significance of a stable home, and how fragile the line can be between being housed and being homeless," said Betsey Martens, executive director of BHP. "We are excited to have arrived at this day when it's time to put a shovel in the ground and begin to create a permanent and safe home for people who've not had one for a very long time. We are grateful to the community for an engaged and vigorous dialog that resulted in support for 1175 Lee Hill."
The apartment complex is designed to be 30 percent more energy efficient than city code. A 56-kilowatt solar array will be installed on the roof, offsetting the common area electricity demand.
Prospective tenants may apply if they are an unaccompanied homeless individual with a disabling condition who has either been continuously homeless for a year or more, or has had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years. They can apply online at http://www.boulderhousing.org/LeeHill.
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