Stout Street Health Center Opens as First-of-its-Kind Integrated Care Facility
September 16, 2014
Denver’s homeless population can now access comprehensive healthcare all in one place at the new Stout Street Health Center. The new facility, developed and operated by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, officially opened its doors last week, becoming the first-of-its-kind in the country.
Building America CDE, a subsidiary of the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, helped to finance the $35 million development with an $8.5 million allocation of New Markets Tax Credits. The new 53,192 square foot center replaces the old Stout Street Clinic across the street and was built using 100% union labor, creating 210 union construction jobs.
The new center now offers state-of-the-art facilities and 80 new exam rooms. When former President Bill Clinton toured the site with Building America CEO, Eric W. Price, in June, he told the media, “You must be proud of this in Denver. This is a beautiful, beautiful place.”
Patients can now receive treatment for mental and physical health, substance abuse, dental and vision health as well as have access to the pharmacy and social services available at the 5-story building. In addition, there are 78 units of supportive housing for formerly homeless households above the clinic.
President of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, John Parvensky, said the health center is “the most advanced integration of mental and physical health care in the country for the homeless or anyone else.” He also indicated that the facility is expected to reduce state and local costs for emergency healthcare, detox and other services by 30% annually. Additionally, this project will increase integrated health care access for up to 18,000 homeless individuals each year.
A new resident of the apartments above the center, who had been homeless for almost a year, said the people who made the health center possible have transformed her life. “Without them, I don’t know where I would be.”