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About the Bluff Lake Apartments on MLK and Havana

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 Leave a Comment

We've all been wondering about the apartments being built in Eastbridge, next to Knowledge Beginnings. 

To set the record straight, the apartments are being developed by the nonprofit Mercy Housing as a new, affordable housing property in Stapleton to house low-income families, veterans and their families, and formerly homeless individuals.

The property is called Bluff Lake Apartments and will offer 92 units to qualifying residents. Bluff Lake will be opening in June of this year.

Bluff Lake will serve formerly homeless individuals and families, and veterans and their families. Households must fall under 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI), with 46 units, or half, reserved for households earning 40% or less of the AMI. The current AMI for Denver is approximately $75,900, so most families will have incomes at or below $37,000 per year.

A full Resident Services Program will be offered at Bluff Lake including two case managers, services for adults and an after school program for youth that will be available four days per week. Activities for adults will include financial literacy, employment coaching, English as a Second Language (ESL), GED tutoring, and others. In addition to courses, case managers will work one-on-one with residents to help connect them with resources, such as health benefits and food stamps. For youth, an after school program will be offered during the high-risk afternoon and summer hours. Activities during the after school program will include tutoring, mentoring, computer courses and recreational activities.

The Resident Services Program will take place in the community center that is being constructed at Bluff Lake. This new center will contain a 1,500 square foot community space for classes and workshops, a computer lab, a kitchen, and offices for the resident services coordinators.

Mercy Housing is working with community groups to hold drives and gather donations for our new residents, many of which will not have a lot of personal belongings. Watch for more information on what they need and how you can help!