The nonprofit Metro West Housing Solutions has received more than $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Jefferson County to provide housing and services to 15 formerly homeless, low-income veterans at Belmar Groves Apartments in the heart of Lakewood.
The money will be used to improve the community resource center at the apartment complex at 259 S. Teller St. Improvements will include new or expanded event/education space, the addition of a fitness room, a computer lab/career development center and new private offices for small group and one-on-one services.Additional improvements may include enhanced physical accessibility in apartments, more accessible sidewalks and the addition of new amenities such as a community garden.
In addition to HUD, Jefferson County and Jefferson County’s Department of Human Services and Community Development, the partnership helping MWHS includes the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA isn’t providing any money, but will provide case-management services.
“We greatly appreciate Jefferson County, the VA, and HUD’s involvement in this exciting initiative,” said Tami Fischer, executive director of MWHS. “Returning to civilian life from military service is particularly challenging in today’s economy and we look forward to the opportunity to provide housing and services to a very deserving and vulnerable population. Moreover, the improvements made to Belmar Groves will enhance our new veteran residents’ quality of life.”
The improvements will be officially unveiled at a celebration on July 2.
Speakers scheduled for the even include:
- Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D, 7th District.
- HUD Region VIII Administrator Rick Garcia.
- Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy
- Representatives from the VA and Jefferson County.
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