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Sunnyside senior housing has rare openings

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Sunnyside Retirement Center, located on 21st Street near Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, is experiencing something rather unusual – actual vacancies.

Currently, the 47-unit low-income senior housing facility, operated by Garfield County Senior Housing Corp., has no one on the wait list for a two-bedroom apartment or a studio apartment, according to Margie Trebesh, finance manager for Sunnyside.

“In past years, prospective tenants have spent years waiting for an apartment opening,” Trebesh said. “We just recently went through our wait list and couldn’t find anyone for these two units.”



Trebesh said when she and Marti Duprey took over management of Sunnyside a year and a half ago, they had 16 units to fill. But the wait list, which typically has over 20 people on it, provided plenty of renters.

Currently, there are 24 people on the wait list. But all of those people are holding out for one-bedroom apartments, Trebesh said.



Part of the problem is related to the economy, she said.

“Many elderly people who would jump at a chance to live at Sunnyside cannot make the move until they sell their own homes,” she said. “Another reason may be that a possible wait of two to three years made people feel there was little hope of openings, therefore passing up the opportunity to go on the wait list.

“We’re trying to find that group of people who would love to live here, but thought they’d never be able to,” Trebesh said.

To qualify for the studio apartment, an applicant must be 55 or older. A two-bedroom apartment requires two occupants, but not necessarily a couple. At least one occupant must be 62 or older.

A one-bedroom opening is also expected in the near future, Trebesh said.

Sunnyside abides by the Equal Opportunity Fair Housing Act, and all tenants must be able to live independently.

The facility also recently underwent extensive upgrades and repairs, thanks to funding from Garfield County, Clean Energy Economy for the Region, iCAST, SourceGas and the city of Glenwood Springs. An open house is being planned for later this month to show off the improvements.

For more information about Sunnyside Retirement Center or to obtain an application, call 945-9234 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

jstroud@postindependent.com


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