News Briefs: Housing development creates homes, jobs for homeless

Published January 2010 Vol. 14 Issue 1

The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and Renaissance Housing Development Corporation is constructing a new, mixed income housing development at the northwest corner of Colfax and Pearl. The building, called the Renaissance Uptown Lofts, will provide at least 16 units for chronically homeless individuals, as well as affordable rent apartments for people at or below certain percentages of area median income.

The Renaissance Uptown Lofts will be the first construction built by the newly formed Renaissance Works Job Program, which will employ homeless individuals to work as construction laborers. The number of people employed at this development and the types of jobs available were unknown as of press time.

In addition, the Renaissance Uptown Lofts will be compliant with Green Communities’ guidelines. They will feature photovoltaic solar panels, Energy Star rated appliances, enhanced insulation and healthy interior materials.

-- Sarah Harvey