Our mission is to provide stable, safe, affordable housing, to offer resources for residents to achieve stability, and to promote solutions to the affordable housing needs of our community.
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What We Do
Greccio currently serves over 1,000 residents per year through properties across Colorado Springs. Beyond providing affordable housing to lower their cost of living, we offer access to a variety of services, guidance, community events, educational workshops, and ongoing assistance that helps on their path toward self-sufficiency and financial independence. Through Greccio Commercial, we are also able to offer property management services.
Where did we get our name?
In the Italian village of Greccio, the Franciscan Brothers brought St. Francis a rabbit that had been caught in a snare. He gave the rabbit affection and set it free. But it returned to the snare. After the third time, Francis said to the brothers, “Take the rabbit to the woods and set it free.” He added to the rabbit, “Don’t get caught in the snare again.” Greccio Housing seeks to set people free by providing a stable, safe, affordable home, and support to help them improve their lives. In return, our residents must accept responsibility for not getting caught in the snare again.
How did we get our start?
In 1990, Greccio Housing’s Founder, Claudia Deats-Rodgers, had a dream of improving the quality of life for people in need of affordable rental housing. Greccio's first property, 321 N Weber St, has only 9 units and is still one of our properties. Greccio has grown to 635 apartments and 1,000 residents across dozens of properties throughout Colorado Springs. Our success is not measured in numbers, but in the stability of families, homelessness averted, cycles of poverty broken, and dreams achieved.
Testimonials & Reviews
“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
Housing is often a family’s biggest monthly expense. When that cost is too high, little is left for food, healthcare, clothing, education, transportation, and other necessities. The focus of Affordable Housing is to provide options for families making 80% or less of the Area Median Income, ensuring that their housing cost is no more than 1/3 of their income. Households paying more than that are considered cost-burdened and paying more than 50% on housing is considered severely cost-burdened.