Our original and primary focus is the extreme need for housing for adults with IDD who need an independent living experience that is financially attainable.
For those employed full time who earn less than the local median income and cannot afford to live near their workplaces. Employees and employers alike testify to a critical need for employee housing.
Trailhead also offers a unique alternative to the often-overlooked group of seniors; those with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid long term care, but too low to access the expensive senior housing options on the market.
It estimated that in Colorado, more than 12,000 adults with developmental disabilities live with caretakers who are over the age of 60. In 2019, Section 8 Housing Vouchers in Jefferson County opened its “waitlist to get on the waitlist” for one week. In 2019, Denver housing authority released fewer than 1200 housing vouchers and they received 23,000 applicants! The reality is that the average disability benefit is $800 per month but the average one-bedroom apartment in the Denver metro area is $1540. There is clearly a need for housing that is both affordable and desirable for people with developmental disabilities!
We are approaching the severe need for affordable housing with a thoughtful and intentional solution. Project number one is an 84 unit apartment complex that will be the home to adults with developmental disabilities, active seniors and working professionals. The community will be integrated and run by a cooperative management model with decisions made by a vote of the group as a whole.
Trailhead Community is a completely unique model that will integrate people from many walks of life into a cooperative community to benefit them all. With state-of-the-art technology, universal design features and advanced progressive thinking, this project will pioneer a new way for addressing the ever growing housing crisis. This building will serve as a prototype for many other projects to come.
“A sanctuary. Somewhere where
I can be myself and relax.”
“I will invite my friends and I
will invite my boyfriend.”
“Pictures of family, friends…
and dogs too!”
“Bronco pictures and stuff
on the walls.”
“Not too big. Small and where
I can find everything."
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Communal living space at Trailhead Community. Rendering courtesy of Unscripted Interior Design.Read Post