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Turns Out You Can Convert Hotels Into Inexpensive Apartments For The Homeless

In Denver, Colorado, there is a new hotel that only a select clientele can stay at: Fusion Studios. When the Quality Inn and Suites on Quebec Street went up for sale, the president of the Colorado Coalition for the the Homeless (CCH) John Parvensky snatched up the property. He created a space for folks in need of a place to stay, whether they’re coming in from shelters or right off the street.

Parvensky purchased the 139-room hotel for $8.4 million, secured with a combination of private, state, and city funds. It’s the 17th building Parvensky has opened. Rooms are expected to be available at the end of the month. According to Parvensky, renters can secure vouchers from the state and city to ensure that no more than 30% is required from their incomes for rent. Tenants usually can manage about $100 a month, Parvensky added, with much of it coming from disability or other benefits.

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It’s “practically instant housing,” Britta Fisher, head of Denver’s housing department, said of Fusion Studios.

“We all know that we need more housing units, that we need them quickly,” Fisher said. “I truly hope we can replicate this model and partnerships at other sites in Denver.”

The layout of Fusion Studios is interesting, with floor and room plans divided by a tenant’s circumstances. 28 rooms are set aside for those awaiting trial for low-level crimes. 10 are reserved for folks with medical conditions who frequent Denver Public Hospitals. 25 rooms are set aside for those who are looking to move on to other, more permanent housing. Each Fusion unit comes with a bed, dresser, desk and chair, television and other furniture, and there is a communal food pantry for residents.

Gov. Jared Polis said the project “really shows what we can do when we get creative about affordable housing.”

Patricia Grisafi

Written by Patricia Grisafi