Colorado Coalition for the Homeless to Convert Newly Acquired Hotel into Supportive Housing
In December, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless acquired the former Clarion Inn, located at 200 W. 48th Avenue in Denver, for $24 million. The Colation will transform the hotel into 215 units of supportive and transitional housing by mid-2023, known as Renewal Village. The purchase came during same week that President Biden signed a 1.7T omnibus spending bill that allocated $4 million in immediate renovations for the project, made possible through congressionally designated spending by Senator John Hickenlooper and Congresswoman Diana DeGette.
Renewal Village will feature 108 units of supportive housing and 107 units of transitional housing and provide intensive supportive services for individuals experiencing homelessness who suffer from chronic health conditions, mental health issues, trauma, and other disabling conditions. The $4 million renovation funds will be used in early 2023 for improvements to increase accessibility, upgrades to the cooling and heating systems,zoning code compliance upgrades including installation of a fire sprinkler system, installing kitchenettes, and enhancing security on site. The Coalition anticipates that these immediate upgrades will allow the building to open in the Summer of 2023 (estimated date), making it the 22nd property owned by the Coalition, which houses over 4000 individuals each night.
“The Coalition continues to seek out opportunities to create more housing options for those with historical barriers to accessing affordable housing in Colorado, the 8th least affordable state in the country. Transforming this abandoned hotel into 215 units of non-congregate, transitional, and long-term housing will transform the lives of those who become the Coalition’s newest residents in 2023,” said John Parvensky, president and CEO of The Coalition. “Property conversions like Renewal Village bring desperately needed housing resources to the market quicker and at a much lower cost than building from the ground up which means we can help more people get off the streets and into safe homes.”
The $24 million purchase was made possible through multiple funding commitments including American Rescue Plan funding allocated by the Denver Office of Housing Stability (HOST) ($10.4M), The Division of Housing, Colorado Department of Local Affairs ($10.6M), and Adams County ($3.8M). Longtime financial partner Northern Trust provided loans to assist with the acquisition.
The Coalition anticipates opening Renewal Village in mid-2023 and will seek out furniture and houseware donations so that units are move-in ready when clients arrive at their new homes. Community members can support the Coalition and its residents by donating directly at coloradocoalition.org/supportus.
How does anyone with a dog get in to a place like that
Me n my dog are homeless and camilya my dog really would like a place to call her home n not live in a cage for ever I been trying to get a home n not live in a shelter in the springs we need a place to call are own
It’s wonderful Denver is helping the homeless I wish Adams County would do the same thing. I wish they would make more housing assistance for the elderly.
This is nice and I hope it works as Denver has homeless all over the city and it looks like Hell and it is not safe. I also hope they do something to help the homeless who have pets. They need a safe place to call home as well!
The city spent 24M for a building that needs to be renovated? At 108 uniits that is about 222K per unit. (before renovations for hotel size rooms). This building is in a relatively isolated car dependent area. (the I 25 – I 70 interchange) Happy to hear that they are helping a number of individuals but at what cost to the citizens of Denver?