For Immediate Release
November 11, 2019
Vice President of Communications and Public Policy
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Colorado Coalition Announces Construction Schedule for 60 Units of Veteran
Affordable Housing Just in Time for Veteran’s Day
Aurora, CO—Colorado Coalition for the Homeless begins construction this week of 60 units of housing for veterans experiencing homelessness called Veterans Renaissance Apartments at Fitzsimons. In the 2019 Point-in-Time count, over 627 people experiencing homelessness identified as veterans in metro Denver alone.
“We are honored to be able to provide 60 additional units of supportive affordable housing for our Veterans in Colorado,” said John Parvensky, President/CEO of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. “For those who have served our country, it is shameful that this country doesn’t always provide them stable housing options when they return. CCH’s mission is to provide lasting solutions for all people experiencing homelessness and having the chance to serve our Veterans is another chance to fulfill our mission.”
Located in Aurora on the Anschutz Campus on the south side of the Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimons, Veterans Renaissance Apartments at Fitzsimons will provide 60 units of permanent supportive housing for veterans currently experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. This four-story building will feature fifty-six (56) one-bedroom units and four (4) two-bedroom units all with full kitchens and bathrooms. The high ceilings and large windows will create a sense of openness and light for the residents. On-site amenities will include property and case management, laundry facilities, TV room, computer lab, community kitchen, medical exam room, and community space designed with a focus on community and natural light. Outdoor amenities include onsite parking, enclosed bike parking, an outdoor gathering space with grills, a dog run, a nature path, and an outdoor exercise area.
On June 1, 2016, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 16-1397, which directed Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) to develop two vacant parcels of land surrounding the current veterans building. The development of this land was to be used to provide a continuum of care exclusively for veterans and qualifying family members. CDHS and Colorado Coalition for the Homeless partnered to develop a plan for this housing project which is set for completion by December 2020.