Housing Catalyst has announced the completion of their newest housing development Mason Place designed for people with a disability who have been experiencing homelessness.
Residents have already begun moving into the building, located at 3750 South Mason Street, the former site of Midtown Arts Center. Housing Catalyst purchased the Midtown Arts Center in 2018 and transformed the site into a contemporary apartment community.
Mason Place provides a total of 60 affordable apartments in addition to concentrated support services for a highly vulnerable population in the community. This type of housing is known as “supportive housing” for its support services available on-site and is being utilized nation-wide to aid in breaking cycles of homelessness.
“I was shocked when I got here, I can’t believe it,” said Walter, a retired railroad worker, and resident who moved in after living on the streets and various shelters. “Everyone is so nice, and I can’t believe I have a place to live, and I don’t have to be on the streets,” said Walter.
Residents moving into Mason Place have been referred through a coalition of agencies working with people experiencing homelessness within the community, with the majority of the residents being between the ages of 55 to 70. Homeward Alliance has been at the forefront of the referral effort and is the primary service partner in this community, providing two case managers onsite to support residents.
Housing Catalyst has been working to address homelessness within the Fort Collins community for over twenty years, with the completion of Mason Place being another step toward the city’s goal of ending homelessness.
“When it comes to our community’s ongoing effort to make homelessness rare, short-lived, and non-recurring, developments like Mason Place are the gold standard,” said David Rout, Executive Director of Homeward Alliance. “Mason Place will immediately provide dozens of our most vulnerable neighbors with a safe place to live and the supportive services they need to stay housed, healthy and happy,” David said.