New supportive housing project opens Loveland – Loveland Reporter-Herald

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After years of creative planning, delicate negotiations and “healthy disagreements”, Loveland’s first supportive housing project is officially underway. On Thursday afternoon, a group of about 60 people packed into shaded tents for a groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of the St. Valentine Apartments on East 10th Street.

“Working with the City of Loveland and with Larimer County has been one of the best partnerships we’ve ever had,” said executive director Justin Radditz of nonprofit developer Archdiocesan Housing in his opening remarks. “There has been so much cooperation and healthy disagreements, which feels like an oxymoron. But it’s actually a really refreshing thing to have, because I think that’s how great things are achieved by taking on challenges like that.

When complete, the 54-unit St. Valentine complex will provide long-term housing for up to 80 people exiting homelessness, who will pay a minimum amount each month in rent. Several on-site partners will also provide case management services to residents, including Homeward Alliance, SummitStone Health Partners and Sunrise Community Health.

Construction costs are expected to be approximately $18 million, with much of the funding coming from state tax credits as well as state and local grants, including a Community Development Block Grant through the town of Loveland. The city also donated the land, valued at $450,000, and agreed to a $1.4 million construction fee waiver.

According to Raddatz, the project takes its name from the Christian martyr saint, who was “heroic in the virtue of charity”.

“He loved others more than he loved himself, even if that meant facing adversity,” he said. “I think that’s something that’s so true for so many people who are here today, and how they serve the community, and how they want to serve the future residents of Valentine’s Day. In short, he did the right thing for no other reason than it was the right thing.

Councilor Andrea Samson also spoke at the ceremony, who thanked her fellow council members for finally putting aside their differences to approve this project, even though it was a “touch and go through certain debates.

“Ultimately, our council came together in love,” she said. “…It will truly be something that will positively affect and show love on behalf of our city to so many generations of people who really need this help and support.”

Loveland Mayor Jacki Marsh offered similar praise for Loveland City Council, and said she was “proud” of the “incredible project that will change lives”, and acknowledged Alison Hade, office manager of town community partnership, who was ill and unable to attend the event.

“That project wouldn’t be here today with that Allison,” Marsh said. “She’s an amazing human being. I tell people her heart is about three times the size of her body. She opened her eyes and she changed hearts. That’s why we’re here today.

She also reminded members of the crowd to have empathy for their fellow human beings and try to appreciate the obstacles others face that may be hidden from us.

Larimer County Commissioner Jody Shadduck-McNally also addressed the crowd, as did David Rout of Homeward Alliance, which will provide on-site services in St. Valentine. Wayne McClary of the Colorado State Department of Local Affairs also spoke about the project and noted that it will serve as a model for other communities.

Raddatz then acknowledged other key project partners including BlueLine Development, Loveland Housing Authority, Housing Management Services, FirstBank, design firm Shop Works and KCI Construction, the project’s main contractor. He also thanked city staff members who worked on the project, including Alison Hade

Other attendees at the event included Loveland City Councilors Steve Olson and John Mallo, Larimer County Commissioner Kristin Stephens, State Senator Rob Woodward, Deputy City Manager Rod Wensing, Executive Director Jeff Feneis from the Loveland Housing Authority and representatives from the nonprofit Together Colorado.

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