About Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)

PSH is an innovative program that combines affordable housing with supportive services to help people lead more stable lives. PSH targets people who are homeless, have one or more disabilities, experience multiple barriers to housing, and need supportive services. When people know they have a safe place to live and sleep, their mental health, physical health and other needs can finally be addressed.

The PSH model has been shown to save communities money by reducing costs to various public service systems, including health care and emergency services.

Mason Place

For information about our new supportive housing development, Mason Place, go to this page. Mason Place is currently in the development process and will be completed in 2020.

An architect's rendering of the Mason Place property

Redtail Ponds

The West side of the Redtail Ponds Property by Housing Catalyst

Redtail Ponds opened in 2015 as Northern Colorado’s first Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) community. It was developed using best practice models proven effective throughout the country.

Redtail Ponds provides housing for a mix of incomes with its one and two bedroom apartments combined with onsite services to promote stability and independence. The community is designed to meet the special housing needs of formerly homeless individuals with disabilities and formerly homeless veterans.

Redtail Ponds features 60 apartments along with a community kitchen, fitness area, computer room, community garden and several common areas for residents to congregate. New residents for this community are referred through partner agencies.

Redtail Ponds Report 

A cropped image of the Redtail Ponds annual report

Awards

  • 2017 Colorado Urban Land Institute Impact Award for Project Influence
  • 2016 NAHRO (National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials) Award of Excellence in Project Design
  • 2015 Colorado NAHRO Award of Excellence for Affordable Housing Project
  • 2015 Mountain Plains Regional Council of NAHRO Affordable Housing Design Award
  • 2015 Housing Colorado Eagle Award for extraordinary accomplishments and outstanding leadership in housing and support services

Corporation for Supportive Housing Profile of Redtail Ponds

CSH has provided on overview of Redtail Ponds as a model for other housing authorities working towards developing a similar community.

Link to CSH
PHA Profile: Redtail Ponds Supportive Housing

Novogradac Highlights Redtail Ponds

Redtail Ponds Permanent Supportive Housing development was published in the September 2015 edition of Novogradac as an example of a successful project using Low Income Housing Tax Credits. See the article here:

Novogradac Article

Permanent Supportive Housing around the U.S.

Permanent Supportive Housing programs across the country have shown that this approach is both cost effective and highly successful at keeping people off the streets.

Compilation of Supportive Housing Research

Redtail Ponds building

Opened March 2015

Cheryl, Resident since March, 2015

I can’t begin to tell you what life was like being in and out of these shelters. I felt like people were looking at me like I was the scum of the earth. There were some nights where I had no availability in the shelter so I would literally walk all night long so that I wouldn’t be arrested for trespassing. When I came here and saw my apartment, I cried. I felt like I had gone from being a popper to a princess virtually overnight.

(Music plays as images of the property and residents are shown)

  • 106 formerly homeless housed
  • 90% remain stably housed
  • 28 residents gained employment
  • 39 veterans housed
  • Music night and BBQ
  • Bed bug heat treatment room
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Single point of entry with 24 hour front desk support
  • Lots of natural light
  • External and Internal security cameras
  • Laundry rooms with Cameras
  • Secure bike racks and repair stations
  • Full-time service team
  • Focus on Building a Sense of Community
  • Fitness Center
  • Art Classes
  • Computer Lab
  • Community Garden
  • Resident Engagement
  • Harm reduction approach to substance use
  • Narcan in common laundry rooms
  • Access to Community Resources
  • 35 people have successfully moved on