After breaking ground two years ago at the height of the pandemic, Maiker Housing Partners has announced the opening of Caraway, a new multi-family, mixed-income, affordable housing project in unincorporated Adams County that will serve households making between 30 and 70 percent of the area median income.
“Providing affordable housing is the best investment we can make in our community,” said Peter LiFari, executive director of Maiker Housing Partners. “This housing development doesn’t just provide a roof over peoples’ heads, it goes beyond that — it’s an investment in their health, ability to contribute to society and their future. Caraway has not only reinvigorated a decommissioned Adams County asset, it’s reinvigorated a community and will serve generations to follow.”
Situated on the former Children and Family Service building, Caraway is located just north of Highway 36 at the I-25 interchange. The new development is the first project Maiker has adapted and repurposed from a former office building. It features 116 units for families, 12 of which have been reserved for youth aging out of foster care, as a means to address the high risk of homelessness these youth face. Caraway offers one, two and three-bedroom options with community amenities, including a fitness room, playground, dog park and rooftop deck for residents to enjoy.
Prior to Caraway’s grand opening, Colorado Kids Belong, a nonprofit that works to dramatically improve the experience and change the outcomes of kids in foster care, provided 12 move-in kits to furnish the rooms reserved for foster youth. Each kit is valued at $300-400. In addition, Colorado Kids Belong will assist with the procurement of additional furniture for foster youth residents.
“When the county came to us with the need for move-in kits, it was important that we meet this tangible need for youth,” said Britt Kelley, regional community engagement manager for Colorado Kids Belong. “But these kits are just a drop in the bucket; We deeply believe that everyone in the community has a valuable role to play, when we work together and go upstream, we are able to change the experience and outcomes for kids in foster care so they can thrive in safe, loving families and supportive communities where they belong.”
Photos courtesy of Maiker