Denver celebrates opening of 2 new housing options for city’s homeless

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DENVER – Mayor Michael Hancock was on hand Thursday for the grand openings of two new housing options for Denver residents facing homelessness.

Samaritan House Women’s Shelter, operated by Catholic Charities of Denver, is the largest women-only shelter in the city. The 32,000-square-foot building will offer emergency overnight services for up to 100 women beginning on Sept. 15.

The facility also will include an on-site 29-day recovery program that will be able to help an additional 50 women. Catholic Charities estimates the facility will help 500 women a year once it’s fully operational.

Across town, Hancock and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne joined Mental Health Center of Denver to celebrate the opening of the Sanderson Apartments on Federal Boulevard.

The apartment building includes 60 one-bedroom, furnished apartments as well as on-site staff. The Sanderson Apartments were built using the idea of “trauma-informed design,” meaning the building is specifically designed to help foster a sense of safety and well-being for its residents.

For more information on Sanderson Apartments, log on to mhcd.org.

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