November 19, 2019

655 Broadway: Designed to Heal

Legally and morally, hospitals cannot discharge patients if they have no safe place to go, and patients who are homeless, frail or live alone, or have unstable housing, can occupy hospital beds for weeks or months – long after their acute medical problem is resolved.

Denver Health is partnering with the Denver Housing Authority to repurpose a former administrative building on the hospital campus at 655 Broadway into affordable senior housing, including 14 apartments designated to help homeless patients transition out of the hospital.

In creating this powerful partnership and a new housing model, leaders from Denver Health and Denver Housing Authority have committed to coming together to address key aspects of the project and program. The first joint convening was a Design Lab, facilitated by Enterprise Community Partners, focused on creating a healthy and healing physical environment for the 14 apartments that will be a transitional home for homeless Denver Health patients.

During the Design Lab, participants from Denver Health and Denver Housing Authority with a breadth of expertise ranging from health care provision for the future resident population to property management, real estate, resident services, and architectural design came together to gain a common knowledge of the project and enhance its design by sharing their knowledge. In a facilitated workshop format, participants brainstormed potential design needs, categorized their ideas and prioritized solutions based on potential impact.

To learn more about how Enterprise is helping our partners build better places to live visit our design resources page and stay tuned for the 11th annual Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute coming to Denver in 2020.

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