COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - Amidst the opening of a new affordable housing apartment complex, one Colorado Springs woman is getting a chance to start over with her newborn son.
Greccio's Rocky Mountain complex opened its doors to its first tenants during a ribbon cutting Monday, after months of renovating.
Kayleen Thompson told KRDO she had been living in a local shelter before she scored the first unit at Rocky Mountain. Before that, she says she was homeless.
Thompson told us she knew she had to turn her life around when she got pregnant with her baby boy, Justin. Thompson said she tried applying for section 8 housing but was put on a two and a half year waiting list.
"I was like trying my hardest to get in the best environment and stuff so this little guy can have a good life."
Thompson explained that finding housing under 800 dollars in Colorado Springs is nearly impossible.
"There's not really a lot that will really work with you, like if you've had evictions or if you owe past landlords or anything like that," she said. "So it was a godsend to get in here. Like, it's beyond words -- I don't even have words to describe the emotions."