Attention Homes Apartments
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 is this important?
In 2017, Attention Homes served over 500 unduplicated youth at The Source, Boulder’s only shelter for homeless youth. Based on past experience, almost 300 of the individuals served will return to The Source seeking emergency shelter and services because they can’t find or maintain stable housing.
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 experiencing homelessness, but it also includes new office space for Attention Homes’ administrative staff and a breakfast/lunch café run by Boulder’s Blackbelly Market. Staffed by the residents of Attention Homes Apartments, this “social enterprise” will provide employment and job readiness skills in a supportive environment.
Supportive housing for homeless youth works! Comparable developments around the nation have shown that, within two years, approximately 70% of youth living in supportive housing become the competent, confident adults they are meant to be and move on to a life of self-sufficiency. At least 25% of the young people who will live here will have aged out of foster care. Over 35% identify as LGBTQ and cite family rejection as the #1 reason they are homeless. All of them are extremely low income and earn less than $19,000 per year (30% Area Median Income for a one-person household in Boulder).
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.
The Attention Homes Apartments will be located on the northeast corner of Block 122, 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 (94 walk and bike score), employment and educational opportunities, and the numerous cultural and recreational resources and amenities that Boulder’s downtown residents appreciate and enjoy. The block is also home to the FUMC, Boulder County AIDS Project, OUT Boulder, Lucile’s Restaurant, Attention Homes’ administrative office, and three multifamily rental properties.
February, 2015 Concept was 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
Summer, 2019 Move-in begins