Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Places to live, quality of life, and services provided by SHO are not generally available to such low-income older adults and disabled people. The median income for SHO's residents is about $13,246, less than 30 percent of Colorado's median income and far less than the Colorado definition of very low income, $23,100. Many of the residents, especially in Denver have median incomes even far lower, around $7,000. Four of our residences are for adults with chronic mental illness and offer on-site case management and supportive services. Many of SHO's residents have been homeless and have no families able to care for them. Without SHO, these 500 people would certainly not have a comparable quality of life.
SHO has two types of residences: subsidized apartments and assisted living residences. Services provided in all of the residences all are designed to allow residents to maintain independence, enjoy life, and challenge them to do things they might have not thought possible.
Subsidized apartments: Available for people at least 62 and for older adults with disabilities, subsidized apartments offer safe, comfortable accommodations. SHO's subsidized apartments include: Emerson Gardens, Denver; The Olin, Denver; September House, Denver; The Decatur, Denver. Eligibility for people to live in SHO's apartments require that they are elderly or disabled and meet the standard for very low incomes (less than 50% of the median income for the county of the residence). They also must be able to care for themselves, e.g. cook. Residents whose average income is $10,700 pay 30 percent of their adjusted gross income to live in SHO residences. Subsidies for residential expenses are provided through the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Agency and the Rural Development Agency.
Assisted living: SHO's assisted living residences include The Barth Hotel, Denver; Miller House, Denver; Park Hill, Denver; Cinnamon Park, Longmont; Madison House, Cortez; and Mesa Vista, Parachute. They also are available to elderly and older disabled adults who have very low incomes. Assisted living residents also pay a portion of their incomes for rent and services. Their living costs are subsidized through Medicaid.
Assisted living residences are provided for older adults who can no longer live totally on their own because of either physical or mental disabilities. However it is important to note that our assisted living residences are not nursing homes. Each resident is fully functional and able to care for themselves. They just need a little help. They receive a full range of supportive services including meals, laundry, housekeeping and personal care. Residents can be involved in a variety of social and recreational activities all designed to promote independence and allow residents to continue to be alert, learning, and a vital part of their communities. Activities range from every-day things like reading and puzzles to outings for shopping and entertainment to specialized programs that help residents maintain a connection to the community.
The combined average score for residents is 4.6 while the score for families is 4.5. These results indicate that SHO services are great! These high scores have been consistent since the surveys were begun in 2004.