FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Silver Key Senior Services has been AWARDED 9% (Low Income Housing Tax Credits) to develop 50 Units of affordable senior housing INtegrated into current campus
Support will help to combat senior housing challenges and isolation in the Pikes Peak region AMID THE affordable housing shortage which is a public health crisis that ultimately impacts us all
Colorado Springs, CO, May 2022 – Silver Key along with MGL Partners, a Denver-based multifamily, senior, workforce and affordable housing developer with a mission to build lasting value through the creation of high-quality communities, today is excited to announce that it will be proceeding with the development of an affordable senior living housing complex to be located at its 1625 S. Murray Blvd Campus. Silver Key received an award of 9% tax credits from Colorado Housing Finance Authority (CHFA).
“This project expands our commitment to developing housing solutions for seniors in need,” said Jason DeaBueno, President and CEO for Silver Key. “We are thrilled to be among the non-profit awardees and other partners who work tirelessly to serve the housing needs of our community. The other being The PLACE’s Launchpad supportive apartment community for young people. We are grateful to our community and want to give a special acknowledgment to: Mayor Suthers, City of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, El Pomar, Colorado Springs Health Foundation, Pikes Peak Real Estate Fund, Colorado Department of Housing, Veterans Administration, Colorado Housing and Financing Administration, and many private donors and sponsors for their support.
DeaBueno added that “Seniors face unique barriers including: low-fixed incomes, accessibility barriers, ageism, transportation needs, and increased anxiety/vulnerability, requiring carefully crafted, integrated strategies. Stable housing is associated with better health. Coloradans lacking stable housing are more likely to report poor physical, mental, and oral health. Average rents and home prices continue to increase at remarkable rates. Seniors make up approximately 13% of the population in El Paso County (projected to be 25% by 2050-more than a 90% increase) and growing.”
Silver Key has long-term experience in providing vital senior housing services including Silver Key Apartments at North Hancock (formerly Senior Heritage Plaza Apartments) since its founding in the 1980’s, housing navigation, and home modification services.
With work slated to begin in May 2023, the Silver Key Apartments at South Murray will offer a mix of 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units ranging from 580-830 square feet for seniors making between 30-60% of area median income. The three-story community will offer elevator access, ADA-adaptable kitchens, ADA-compliant bathrooms, along with supportive services and resident activities. The complex has also been approved for 13 age qualifying Veteran Affairs Supported Housing (VASH) rental assistance units designed to help homeless (senior) Veterans and their families find and sustain permanent housing and access to behavioral health care.
This community is specifically designed for independently living seniors, with support from Silver Key. “The Silver Key Apartments at South Murray are a great example of the power of collaboration and harnessing our teams’ respective strengths for the betterment of the Colorado Springs community,” said Greg Glade, Partner at MGL. “We will leverage our extensive financial and development experience alongside Silver Keys’ deep understanding of and commitment to meeting the needs of seniors. The result is a project that will serve the Pikes Peak community for years to come.”
Project construction will start May 2023 and take approximately 14 months to complete. Our community can continue to help in our efforts by creating awareness and support for affordable and attainable housing solution, and by making a donation to support our housing services simply adding the note on your donation “for housing services.”
For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute, or speak out for the seniors in the Pikes Peak region, visit www.silverkey.org; and to support youth in exiting homelessness, visit The PLACE, www.theplacecos.org.
About MGL Partners:
MGL Partners is a Denver-based multifamily developer and investor with a proven track record of delivering quality market-rate, affordable, senior and workforce rental housing in Colorado. Over the last two decades, MGL Partners has developed or redeveloped some of Colorado’s most successful multifamily rental communities. focus on market-rate multifamily, workforce, senior and affordable housing communities. MGL believes that long-lasting value and high-quality communities should be enjoyed by all and leverages its deep relationships to bring these projects to fruition in communities across Colorado and beyond. For additional information visit www.mglpartners.com.
About Silver Key:
Silver Key Senior Services was founded in 1970 to improve the quality of life for area nursing home residents. Today, Silver Key’s mission has broadened to provide more than 11,000 seniors annually with a wide variety of services, including Silver Key Connections Café, Silver Key Home Delivered Meals including Meals on Wheels, Silver Key Reserve & Ride transportation services, and vital Senior Health & Wellness services that offer a full spectrum of senior assistance including government food program distribution, pantry, Behavioral Health and Companionship services, Five Wishes, and much more! To learn more about Silver Key and volunteer opportunities, visit www.silverkey.org.
About The PLACE:
The PLACE was founded in 2000 to serve young people every day, all year long. Do not hesitate to contact the PLACE if you are a youth (from age 15 through 24) experiencing homelessness. The PLACE may be able to help you find the roofs, resources, and relationships to exit homelessness and create a self-determined, fulfilled life, visit www.theplacecos.org.
COLORADO SPRINGS – NASA-funded “Growing Beyond Earth” (GBE) announced the winners on May 9 of their annual Student Research Symposium. A project by two students from Thrive Home School Academy placed in the top 10% of schools participating, receiving a special merit award for their use of national project data.
Amelia Anderson and Mele Jones, 11th graders at Thrive, participated in GBE to search for the perfect food plants to feed astronauts, in partnership with NASA’s Veggie Project and the Fairchild Botanical Gardens in Florida. For the past seven years, students from across the country have been providing NASA scientists with data on the best plant candidates to optimize growing conditions to maximize yield. This is Thrive’s fourth year to participate in the project under the direction of Dara Gardner, Thrive science teacher.
The students compiled their data after a semester-long research project using a variable LED light chamber, then presented to NASA scientists and botanists from University of Wisconsin in the virtual symposium, which included students from 60 schools from Canada, US, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad. Their project titled “The Power of Blue: The Effects of Varying Blue Light on the Edible Mass of Crunchy Crimson Radishes,” utilized data from three crops grown from October 2021 until March 2022. A total of 300 middle and high schools participated in the fall project, and 60 projects were selected to create original research for the spring project, culminating in the research symposium.
This summer, Theatreworks again brings accessible theatre to the vibrant communities of the Pikes Peak region through their Free-For-All program. Piloted in summer 2019, Free-For-All's mission is to create opportunities for the dynamic and diverse communities of Pikes Peak to gather and celebrate through live theatre.
After a spring of successful school residencies and performances, Theatreworks will tour a free 75-minute adaptation of "The Tempest” to libraries, community centers and parks in El Paso, Teller, Fremont and Elbert Counties.
This adaptation of “The Tempest” will feature all original Shakespearean text, retold in a fun, physical, fast-paced, family-friendly production perfect for a summer outing. Featuring a duke-turned-sorcerer exacting revenge, malcontent spirits, traitorous family members, young lovers and a hefty dose of magical hijinks, the story promises gasps and laughs in equal measure.
Six actors play multiple roles in this hilarious romp. In Free-For-All's unique casting model, all actors learn multiple roles and multiple actors learn each part; audience members who see the show multiple times may never see the same cast twice! For our outdoor performances, we encourage all to bring lawn chairs and blankets, and picnic with us as they enjoy this classic comedy.
This program is possible through the support of partners like Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD). PPLD is a key collaborator, hosting six performances in parks adjacent to five library branches in Colorado Springs, Fountain, Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs.
Other partners include Meadows Park Community Center, Downtown Ventures/First Fridays, the Colorado Springs Senior Center, Bell Tower Cultural Center in Florence, Simla Library and the Town of Monument. The program is supported in part by a generous matching grant from Shakespeare in American Communities, a grant program of Arts Midwest and the National Endowment for the Art, as well as by the Kum and Go Foundation.
In addition to their public performances, Theatreworks will also partner with Green Box Arts Festival to bring “Free-For-All: The Tempest” to Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, after a round of school performances and residencies with Districts 2, 3 and 11 in Colorado Springs and with the Arts Academy at Pueblo County High School this spring.
Creative team members include Caitlin Lowans (Theatreworks Artistic Director), costume designer Madison Booth; stage manager Brooke Callahan and props designer Marie Verdu (Theatreworks staff).
The cast features nine actors from our own community: Creston Cooper, Lily DiSilverio, Rachel Fey, AB Lugo, Ashley Morris Hill, Emily Newton, GJ Noel, Sierra Tune, and Sean Verdu.
“Free-For-All: The Tempest"
By William Shakespeare
Public Performance Dates, Times, and Locations:
75 minutes, no intermission.
For outdoor performances, please bring a blanket or a beach chair. Most of our performance sites are outdoors and reservations are not required; for some performances, there may be specific requirements or policies. Please check the websites of our performance partners for more information on their policies and guidelines.
WHAT: The U.S. Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2), administered by the Air Force’s Personnel Center, in coordination with Col. Zachary S. Warakomski, Commander, Peterson-Schriever Garrison, will host a Warrior CARE event at Peterson and Schriever Space Force Bases, May 16-20.
WHO: Wounded, ill and injured service members, and their caregivers, from across the country will be introduced to the full spectrum of support programs offered by AFW2. Recovering service members will attend Adaptive Sports training and competitions including archery, cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, and more. Caregivers and other Warriors will have the opportunity to learn new resiliency skills through music, photography, improv, journaling and more. There will also be a closing ceremony at the end of the week.
WHEN/WHERE: Adaptive Sports competitions will be held May 20 beginning at noon with the closing ceremony at 4:30 p.m. All sporting competitions will take place at the fitness center on Peterson Space Force Base.
WHY: These CARE events provide seriously wounded, ill and injured recovering service members, and their caregivers focused and personalized service through caregiver support training, adaptive and rehabilitative sports events, recovering Airman Mentorship training and employment and career readiness classes along with music, art and comedy programs.