The colorful, service-offering new Delores Project shelter opens this frigid week

The Delores Project's new homeless shelter and supportive housing at Arroyo Village in West Colfax is nearly complete, Jan. 10, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Delores Project's new homeless shelter and supportive housing at Arroyo Village in West Colfax is nearly complete, Jan. 10, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Donna Bryson. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Delores Project’s new shelter is open for guests.

The old West Colfax shelter was demolished to make way for an expanded complex that includes a new emergency facility with up to 60 beds, 35 units of permanent supportive housing managed by The Delores Project and the 95-unit Arroyo Village managed by Rocky Mountain Communities. Rocky Mountain, an affordable housing nonprofit, had a building at the site it also demolished and then worked with The Delores Project on the redevelopment.

“Each of these offerings is designed to meet guests where they are and empower them as they journey on their path to stability,” Laura Rossbert, interim executive director of The Delores Project, said in a statement. “By joining with Rocky Mountain Communities to create Arroyo Village, we are able to expand our programming to partner with individuals moving from homelessness into stable, permanent housing.”

The new shelter was to begin accepting guests Tuesday.

The 35 Delores Apartments at Arroyo Village already have a closed waiting list. Its residents — who must be chronically homeless, have a disability and make less than 30 percent of the area median income — will begin moving in March 20.

Rocky Mountain’s Arroyo Village, with one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments for families and individuals that earn up to 50 percent of the area median income, was to open in May.

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