GRECCIO HOUSING

Stable. Safe. Supportive.
Residents
Greccio wants to see you succeed.  We work to provide all residents the opportunity to join the Greccio Family with special events and on-site programs.  We provide opportunities like the Community Gardens, Ice Cream Socials, Fall Festival, Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch, Adopt-A-Family gifts for the Christmas holiday, books in the Grab-N-Go Libraries, and much, much more.
Supporters
Due to a sound business model, all donations go to support the Resident Resource Center supportive services. Thanks to you, Greccio is changing the lives of our residents through emergency services, life skills, educational, and community building opportunities.  To donate now or to see your dollars at work click “learn more.”

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to provide stable, safe, affordable housing, and to create supportive opportunities and services for our residents to enhance their individual growth.

As a community housing development organization in Colorado Springs, Greccio is passionate about serving as an integral part of the housing continuum. Ensuring that our residents are not burdened by the cost of their housing coupled with the ease of access to the variety of services offered through our Resident Resource Center is critical to resident success. Greccio’s Resident Resource is a hub of activity, offering residents access to a variety of services, guidance, and assistance that helps on their path toward self-sufficiency and independence. The advocacy and outreach provided, as well as the skill and community development offered by the Resource team, creates an environment of support, learning, and advancement for our residents.

2017 EAGLE AWARD

Housing Colorado presented Greccio Housing with the prestigious Eagle Award at their annual Housing Colorado Now conference hosted in Vail, Colorado. Housing Colorado is a statewide, multi-sector membership association for affordable housing professionals. They are recognized throughout Colorado as a valuable resource, providing important information, education, advocacy, and networking services. Eagle Awards are given honoring key affordable housing leaders, programs and affordable housing projects throughout Colorado.

Residents living paycheck to paycheck often struggle to maintain secure housing and utilities while trying to cover the cost of food, clothing and medical care. When an unforeseen life crisis interrupts a family’s ability to meet basic financial obligations, everyday necessities are endangered and nonpayment of rent brings the risk of eviction. Eviction can have multiple negative consequences for families, including depression, a negative rental history, loss of social supports, poorer health, and high levels of stress. Greccio’s Eviction Prevention program can avert evictions due to the loss of income after life changing medical emergencies, death of a family member, divorce or separation.  The Eviction Prevention program provides up to three months’ of financial support and intensive case management to keep families stably housed.  While financial support is critical for immediate expenses, the personal support of the Case Manager is critical as the resident navigates emotional challenges, preparation for return to work, budgeting, and other stability-focused life skills. 

According to the 2010 Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, “It isn’t enough to move people out of homelessness; we must keep people from falling into homelessness. The threat of homelessness most often occurs when a household has insufficient resources to cover housing costs. Unemployment, a health crisis, or the breakup of a family are the most common causes. The households most vulnerable to homelessness are those with no income or those earning significantly less than the federal poverty level.” The Colorado Springs Initiative to End Homelessness found that every chronically homeless individual costs taxpayers $57,760 each year. Greccio’s Eviction Prevention program provides our residents help through a one-time life crisis event, keeping them in affordable housing and stably housed, saving our community hundreds of thousands each year.

Since the program’s launch in October 2014, 27 families and 14 individuals were enrolled in the program.  Of those 41 households, 35 successfully completed the program, 3 are currently enrolled, and only 5 were unsuccessful. 87.5% maintained their housing stability and were able to resume full control of their financial situations.

Greccio’s Resident Resource Center focuses on financial stability, life skills and literacy, health and wellness, nutrition and community gardens, along with community collaboration. These programming efforts, linked with affordable rent, help residents overcome the challenges of living on limited or lower incomes.

Lee Patke, Greccio Housing’s Executive Director, noted that “It’s an honor to be recognized for the work done in the lives of our residents and our community.  When the paycheck of an already low-income family is lost due to an unexpected crisis, the threat of homelessness is real.  Greccio exists to provide stable, safe, and supportive homes for the residents we serve, and we greatly appreciate SC Ministry Foundation for funding the Eviction Prevention pilot program.  Our combined efforts have saved real people from eviction, and prevented the threat of homelessness for over 30 families, individuals, and children.  From here, we hope to expand this worthwhile program.”

WHAT IS AFFORDABLE HOUSING?

Affordable housing is defined as paying no more than 30% of a household’s gross income for housing, including utilities. Households paying more than that are considered cost burdened and paying more than 50% on housing is considered severely cost-burdened.

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Of renters in Colorado Springs are cost burdoned

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15-24 Years Old

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25-34 Years Old

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35-64 Years Old

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65+ Years Old

A CAUSE FOR CONCERN

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Shortage Estimates

This city of Colorado Springs and El Paso County’s Affordable Housing Needs Assessment estimates a shortage of more than 24,000 affordable housing units in our community. This is projected to grow to more than 26,000 by 2019.
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Area Median Income

The Area Median Income or AMI (updated annually) for a family of four in Colorado Springs is $73,600. As an affordable housing provider, Greccio serves those residents making 80% or less of AMI. 88% of our residents live on 50% of AMI. 59% of families living with Greccio are single-parent households, roughly 60% of the heads of household are female, 30% of the residents are children age birth to seventeen years, and 24% are seniors.
“You’ve been so instrumental with my stability. I don’t know where i’d be without Greccio. I couldn’t believe the kindness of people that didn’t know me.”
Jordan, Greccio Resident
Greccio Housing

Opportunities today for a better life tomorrow