A Model for Solving Colorado’s Youth Homelessness Crisis via One Church Idea

The community room has a fresh coat of cheery, teal paint and the kitchens in each of the eight studio apartments have new cabinets in a trendy shade of gray.

Anchor House, a community project years in the making, is ready for its tenants, who will begin moving in next month. The young people coming to live in the sky-blue house within walking distance of bike trails and a grocery store have aged out of the foster care system without getting adopted or being returned to their families.

There is only enough room for eight people, hardly enough to make a dent in the crisis of youth homelessness. But organizers, who began planning the project in 2017, say newly constructed Anchor House is a model for what churches, nonprofits and others could copy in communities across Colorado.

The recipe included land donated by a church, a fundraising campaign that inspired donations from $15 to $200,000, the might of a Flatirons Habitat for Humanity crew, and a community organization helping former foster kids transition to living on their own.

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