Did you know?

168

youth age 12-24 are homeless in Boulder County on any given night.

35%

of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ in Boulder County.  The #1 reason they are on the street is family rejection.

50%

of chronically homeless adults were homeless as transition age youth.

100%

of homeless youth are trauma survivors, experienced abuse and neglect, suffer from mental health or substance abuse issues, live in poverty.


Why is this important?

In 2015, Attention Homes served over 750 unduplicated youth at The Source, Boulder’s only shelter for homeless youth.  Based on past experience, almost 300 of the individuals served will return to The Source seeking emergency shelter and services because they can’t find or maintain stable housing.  

Project Team

In collaboration with Gardner Capital Development and the First United Methodist Church of Boulder (FUMC), Attention Homes seeks to develop Boulder’s first non-time limited supportive housing community for transition-age youth (18-24 years at time of entry). 


Project Description

The proposed project provides 100% community benefit. Not only will it provide a stable place to live enriched with on-site services (counseling, job training, therapy, educational support) for 40 young people experiencing homelessness, but it also includes new office space for Attention Homes’ administrative staff and a proposed breakfast/lunch café run by Boulder’s Blackbelly Market. Staffed by the residents of Attention Homes Apartments, this “social enterprise” will provide employment and job readiness skills in a supportive environment.

Supportive housing for homeless youth works! Comparable developments around the nation have shown that, within two years, approximately 70% of youth living in supportive housing become the competent, confident adults they are meant to be and move on to a life of self-sufficiency. At least 25% of the young people who will live here will have aged out of foster care. Over 35% identify as LGBTQ and cite family rejection as the #1 reason they are homeless. All of them are extremely low income and earn less than $19,000 per year (30% Area Median Income for a one-person household in Boulder).

When a young person is homeless, virtually every decision and every action is focused on how to survive. With your support, we will house these deserving young people so they may begin to thrive.


Location

Boulder Homeless Youth Project Location

The project will be located on the northeast corner of Block 122, primarily, at 1440 Pine Street. Currently a surface parking lot, the site is owned and maintained by the First United Methodist Church of Boulder, a longstanding partner and original founder of Attention Homes. This is an optimal site for the project’s residents due to its proximity to multimodal transportation options (94 walk and bike score!), employment and educational opportunities, and the numerous cultural and recreational resources and amenities that Boulder’s downtown residents appreciate and enjoy.  The block is also home to the FUMC, Boulder County AIDS Project, OUT Boulder, Lucile's Restaurant, Attention Homes’ administrative office, and three multifamily rental properties.


Project Updates

Landmarks: On January 4th the City of Boulder Landmarks Board approved our request to relocate 1440 Pine Street and landmark seven eligible properties on the block.  Both requests are contingent on the City approving the Attention Homes Apartments Site Review application.

Design: The Planning Board Packet prepared by Staff can be found here: https://bouldercolorado.gov/boards-commissions/planning-board.  The packet contains a detailed summary of the proposed project, architectural plans, the Shared Parking Management Plan, and a staff recommendation for approval. 

Social Enterprise: Boulder’s Blackbelly Market recently executed a letter of interest with Attention Homes to pursue a grab-and-go restaurant concept in the proposed development.  Blackbelly’s Manager, Peter-Christian Olivo states, “Our ownership team is enthusiastic about this opportunity to provide a tremendous community benefit to the residents. We feel strongly, based on our success at Conestoga and Arapahoe, that local neighbors and businesses would welcome the convenience of a grab-and-go Blackbelly within walking distance of their homes and businesses.”

 


May 18th Planning Board Hearing

Council Chambers: 1777 Broadway Street

Start Time: 5 PM

Attend the May 18th Planning Board hearing and sign up to speak at public comment. We also encourage you to email your support to Planning Board and City Council: boulderplanningboard@bouldercolorado.gov and council@bouldercolorado.govHelp us break the cycle of poverty and end homelessness in Boulder. 


Contact Us

Attention Homes and the Development Team’s Project Managers are reaching out to neighbors, local businesses, and downtown organizations to introduce the project, answer questions, gather feedback and solicit support. We understand community interest in development activity is at an all-time high in Boulder, so please reach out to us if we don’t get to you first. We want to hear from you.

Development Managers: Shannon Cox Baker and Ryan Jones

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