ATTENTION HOMES APARTMENTS

Supportive Housing For Transition-Age Youth

Did You Know?

youth age 12-24 are homeless in Boulder County on any given night.

%

of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ in Boulder County. The #1 reason they are on the street is family rejection.

%

of chronically homeless adults were homeless as transition age youth.

%

of homeless youth are trauma survivors, experienced abuse and neglect, suffer from mental health or substance abuse issues, live in poverty.

Why This Matters

In 2018, Attention Homes served over 400 unduplicated youth at our homeless youth shelter.

In the next year, almost 150 will return seeking emergency shelter and services because they can’t find or maintain stable housing.

About this Project

In collaboration with Gardner Capital Development and the First United Methodist Church of Boulder (FUMC), Attention Homes is building Boulder’s first non-time limited supportive housing community for transition-age youth (18-24 years old at time of entry) who are exiting homelessness.

The Attention Homes Apartments will provide community benefit to all. Not only will it provide a stable place to live, enriched with on-site services (counseling, job training, therapy, educational support) for 40 young people exiting homelessness, but it also includes new office space for Attention Homes’ administrative staff and a social enterprise, which will provide employment and job readiness skills to the residents of Attention Homes Apartments.

When a young person is homeless, virtually every decision and every action is focused on how to survive. With your support, we will house these deserving young people so they may begin to thrive.

Residents

  • Residents will be vulnerable transition-age youth, ages 18-24.
  • At least 25% of the young people who will live here will have aged out of foster care.
  • Residents will be low-income and earn less than $19,000 per year (30% Area Median Income for a one-person household in Boulder).

Location

The Attention Homes Apartments will be located on the NE corner at 1440 Pine Street (formerly a surface parking lot). The site is owned and maintained by the First United Methodist Church of Boulder, a longstanding partner and original founder of Attention Homes. This is an optimal site for the project’s residents due to its proximity to multi-modal transportation options, employment and educational opportunities, and the numerous cultural and recreational resources that Boulder’s downtown residents enjoy.

Working Together

Attention Homes is proud to have worked closely this past year with the neighborhood where the Attention Homes Apartments will live. After much cooperation and good faith on both sides, we presented a Good Neighbor Statement of Operations to Boulder’s City Council on Dec. 18, 2018.

Read the Good Neighbor Statement of Operations Here

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Supportive Housing?

Supportive housing is an innovative and proven solution to some of communities’ toughest problems. It combines affordable housing with services that help people who face the most complex challenges to live with stability, autonomy and dignity. In the six other supportive housing developments around the U.S. for transition-age youth (18-24 years old), over half (54%) of residents in youth-focused supportive housing successfully move on after two years.

Who Will Live in the Attention Homes Apartments?

Transition-age youth ages 18-24 who either meet HUD’s definition of homelessness or are at risk of homelessness. All residents will be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens and meet the criteria of extremely low-income as defined by less than or equal to 30% of the area median income.

How Does the Tenant Selection Process Look?

30 of the 40 residents will originate from Metro Denver Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement System, OneHome. The remaining 10 residents will originate from a partnership with Boulder County for youth living within Boulder County who have exited the foster care system into homelessness. All tenants will complete an application to be reviewed by Ross Property Management. If they meet eligibility, they are placed on an initial wait list. When an apartment is available, the next applicant on the wait list is contacted to meet with the Attention Homes Case Manager and apartment property manager for screening and background check through Ross Property Management. Once approved, the new resident will start their move-in process.

Why is this Housing Needed?

Young adults ages 18 to 24 are the largest growing homeless population in the country. Attention Homes recognizes that creating high-quality supportive housing for transition-age youth (18-24) is a key prevention tool to chronic adult homelessness in our communities.

What Services will be Offered at the Attention Homes Apartments?

The Attention Homes Apartments are based on the housing first model which is an approach that offers permanent, affordable housing as quickly as possible for individuals experiencing homelessness; and then provides optional supportive services and connections to the community-based supports people need to keep their housing and avoid returning to homelessness. Experienced case managers and clinicians will provide client-centered, strengths-based case management coupled with employment and career development, educational opportunities, independent living skill support, substance use counseling, mental wellness support, family intervention strategies, and an array of individual and group activities.

What is the Cost of Supportive Housing?

The Attention Homes Apartments will cost $10,000 per year for each young person living there. Considering the average cost of each person in a community experiencing homelessness is $50,000 per year, supportive housing is a cost effective solution. If 1 in 5 homeless youth become financially independent adults, communities would “break even” on the cost of providing supportive housing.

What are the Expectations of Residents?

All residents are required to sign and adhere to a 12 month lease that can be renewed based on continued eligibility. By signing this contract, residents are agreeing to the Attention Homes Apartments policies regarding smoking, drug and alcohol use, guests, pets, etc. Lease violations will be grounds for eviction. Ross Property Management and Attention Homes Case Managers will discuss all lease violations with the resident. If a lease violation results in eviction, State of Colorado eviction regulations will be followed in accordance with the law.

Learn more about policies here

Timeline

February, 2015 Concept developed
November, 2015 Site location secured
January, 2016 Public engagement begins
June, 2016 Housing vouchers awarded
August, 2016 Low Income Housing Tax Credits awarded
January, 2017 Site review begins
May 30th, 2017 Planning Board approves development
June 6th, 2017 City Council upholds Planning Board decision – project officially approved
December, 2017 Official closing
January, 2018 Construction begins
February 21st, 2018 Groundbreaking ceremony
January, 2018 – Summer, 2019 Construction is completed
September, 2019 Move-in begins

Contact Us

Questions about the project?  Don’t hesitate to drop us a line.

Development Managers: Shannon Cox Baker and Ryan Jones

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