Trailhead Community – a Unique Multifamily Project for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Future Trailhead Community 84 unit multifamily building

KGA is proud to be the architect for Trailhead Community, a new kind of integrated and intentional apartment community. Trailhead Community is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with developmental disabilities lead independent and productive lives. We’re currently working with them to design an 84-unit multifamily project that will provide adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to live independently in a home of their own, while forming part of a larger community.

The History

Trailhead Community was originally inspired by the success of Stepping Stone Support Center, which provides prevocational and life skills training, job placement, job coaching services, social events and community connections for adults with developmental disabilities. With the success of the support center, the founders realized there was still a significant hurdle in the quest for independence for the adults they serve: homes of their own!

The Need

In Colorado alone, over 12,000 people with developmental disabilities live with a parent or caregiver age 60 or older – what happens when this person is no longer around? The average disability income for adults who rely on SSA benefits (SSI or SSDI) is $800 a month. In the Denver Metro area, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $1,540 a month. Seeing this hurdle, a group of parents, Stepping Stone staff and other friends came together in 2016 with the purpose of creating a non-profit to address the need for affordable, independent housing for adults with disabilities. Trailhead Community was born and the mission established: create and design an extraordinary opportunity for people to come together in an integrated and intentional apartment community!

The Project

We’re excited to be working with Trailhead Community on their first project, an 84-unit multifamily building that will serve 3 distinct demographic groups. 50% of the units will be for adults with developmental disabilities, 25% for working professionals/millennials and 25% for active, middle income seniors. A cooperative management model will integrate all three tenant groups to make decisions about how the community will operate. The building will include state-of-the-art technology and Universal Design features to promote independence and safety for all residents.

Services and amenities will include:

  • On-site concierge staff to provide 24/7 oversite for the building, social events, meal preparation and encourage mutual exchange and support between tenants.
  • Community kitchen and common dining room with optional meal plans for up to 3 meals a day (in addition to a kitchen in each unit)
  • Sport court that doubles as a multi-use meeting room
  • Large common area
  • On-site laundry
  • Sound-proof media room
  • 3 guest/respite rooms
  • 1 overnight staff apartment
  • Spacious covered outdoor courtyard
  • Convenient location with easy access to shops, casual and fast food restaurants, bank, nail and hair salon, health and fitness center, three churches and hiking trails

Giving back is one of our core values at KGA. We’re honored to be a part of this project and donate a portion of our services to Trailhead Community. It’s incredible what this group of passionate, motivated individuals have come together to achieve, and we can’t wait to see their vision transformed into a diverse, thriving apartment community. For more details and info on how you can help, visit trailheadcommunity.org

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