Mason Place is now open! Housing Catalyst purchased the Midtown Arts Center in January 2018 and began construction on the apartment building in November 2019. Construction is complete and residents are moving into the building.
About Mason Place
Mason Place reflects Housing Catalyst’s high quality design and commitment to sustainability in development. It provides 60 apartments and support services for people with a disability who have been experiencing homelessness. Research shows that the best way to help end homelessness is by providing safe, affordable homes along with concentrated support services for the most vulnerable people in our community. This supportive housing model has proven to be the most effective way to solve homelessness in cities throughout the country.
This is not a homeless shelter. Services are only provided to people who are residents of the building. The building is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions sheet for more information.
We are seeking household and personal care items for new residents moving into Mason Place. Please drop off donation items at Mason Place at 3750 South Mason Street during office hours of Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Please review this list for items most needed.
About Supportive Housing
Supportive housing is a model for addressing homelessness in the United States and many other countries. For people with chronic health conditions, physical disabilities, mental health conditions, histories of trauma, and other struggles, having a home helps them to get adequate treatment and reclaim their lives. This housing model is based on the principles that people need to have stable housing in order to overcome some of their root causes of homelessness. It is a highly effective strategy that combines affordable housing with coordinated services to help people stabilize their lives and move forward. In this setting, people have support systems that help them get better health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, employment counseling, and other resources to reach their goals. In summary, supportive housing gives people the opportunity to live in a safe environment while receiving support for choices that promote health and stability.
Resident Selection and Screening
Mason Place only accepts resident referrals from select service area providers. All residents must have a disability and be experiencing homelessness. For more information on homeless service providers, contact Homeward Alliance at 970-494-9940.
Mason Place is an independent apartment living community. Prospective residents of Mason Place must have been experiencing homelessness and have a disability that is verified by a professional provider. An assessment tool is used to determine vulnerable individuals. It includes indicators such as high mortality risks, health conditions, mental health disorders, and lack of social supports. Applicants must also demonstrate a commitment to living within the supported community and meet federal income guidelines.
Resident screening includes a criminal background check and an intake interview.
People will be denied housing if they:
• Are a registered sex offender
• Have a history of criminal convictions by any household member involving crimes of physical violence against persons or property
• Have any other criminal convictions including drug-related criminal convictions that would adversely affect the health, safety, or well-being of other tenants or staff, or cause damage to the property
Services for Residents
Case managers will be available for each resident. The goal is to provide residents with the skills and strategies necessary to achieve long-term stability. Case management services range from basic (using the bus system, proper personal hygiene, or cooking) to complex (accessing treatment for mental health issues, applying for a job, or obtaining healthcare benefits). Homeward Alliance provides two case managers onsite at Mason Place. In addition to case management, support services include mental health services, substance abuse treatment, employment services and coordination of healthcare and other needed care.
Other Permanent Supportive Housing – Redtail Ponds
We have built a similar community in south Fort Collins called Redtail Ponds, which has been enormously successful in changing the lives of men and women since March 2015. Redtail Ponds has won numerous awards, both locally and nationally, and it has become a national model for this type of housing, called permanent supportive housing. More than 126 people who were formerly homeless have been helped with housing and critical services since it opened.
We are firmly committed to being a good neighbor to the community at large. We seek neighborhood input, we listen to our neighbors and we work to do all that we can to create a positive neighborhood environment. Review our Good Neighbor principles here.
Links to other resources for more information:
Fort Collins’ Mason Place provides a roof for 60 previously homeless residents, Coloradoan, February 5, 2021
Mason Place opens to provide solutions for homelessness, North Forty News, February 1, 2021
Midtown Arts Center building closer to becoming low-income housing, Coloradoan, March 28, 2018
About Permanent Supportive Housing
Homeless Statistics and Frequently Asked Questions