More affordable housing in Denver arrives for single-parent families – CBS Denver
DENVER (CBS4) – Residential services for single parents seeking safe and affordable housing are growing in Denver. Over the past 45 years, Warren Village has helped more than 8,200 children and parents. Their partnership with the Denver Housing Authority will help support hundreds more through a new facility.
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“Just looking at the people who are extremely cost overwhelmed, meaning they pay more than 50% of their income for rent, we predict that 150,000 will double by the end of next year. . Said Ethan Hemming, CEO of Warren Village.
Hemming says Warren Village takes a two-generation approach to caring for parent and child at the same time. Warren Village is nearing capacity, helping more than 90 single-parent families escape homelessness.
The pandemic has left them in need of more than just shelter.
“The need for employment support, education support and childcare has skyrocketed,” Hemming said.
The new Warren Village facility near I-25 and Alameda in Denver will house dozens of single parents facing chronic housing instability or homelessness. The campus will offer 74 affordable apartments. The new development will also include an early learning center, playgrounds and community gardens.
“This learning center will serve children from zero to five years old, about 100 of them. The building to the north will include housing and a community center.
We will have places there for our partners like Mile High United Way and the Denver Mental Health Center to make it a true service center, ”said Hemming.
Warren Village residents like Reba are excited that more single parents have these opportunities. Reba escaped an abusive relationship four years ago and found refuge for herself and her two children in Warren Village.
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“I don’t know where I would have gone. I didn’t really have a job to pay the market rent here in Denver, ”Reba said.
Incidents of domestic violence skyrocketed during COVID. The majority of residents of Warren Village are women and more than a third come from a situation of domestic violence.
“So many people need help. It really feels good to know that this will soon be a reality for them, ”said Reba.
Warren Village is able to open another facility on newly acquired land allocated to it through a competitive process managed by the Denver Housing Authority and the City and County of Denver. It is funded by the D3 Bond program, a partnership that aims to improve the supportive and affordable housing pipeline in Denver.
“This partnership will provide affordable and supportive housing options for all types of families in this neighborhood,” said David Nisivoccia, executive director of the Denver Housing Authority.
The development will be funded with low income housing tax credits. Hemming says residential services for 74 more homeless single-parent families could begin as early as 2024.
For more information on Warren Village, visit https://warrenvillage.org/.
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If you are looking to help residents, the organization is currently seeking community donations for its annual Family Vacation Store. https://warrenvillage.org/holiday-shop/.