DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced the appointment of Bennie Milliner as the new Executive Director for Denver’s Road Home (“DRH”), the City’s 10-year plan to end homelessness.
Additionally, the Mayor announced Meg Lyda will join the team as Development Director where she will develop and implement a strategic plan to raise vital funds for DRH.
“Bennie is an ideal dynamic leader who will work diligently to reaffirm our commitment to Denver’s Road Home and ensure every man, woman and child has a safe and warm place to sleep at night,” Mayor Hancock said. “Together with Meg, this team will bring community understanding, fiscal support and sincere dedication to the program in this critical time.”
“We are excited to have both Bennie and Meg join Denver’s Road Home and reenergize our efforts to address homelessness in our community,” said Denver Human Services Manager Penny May. “We have made great strides in bringing our community together to work toward our common goal. I have no doubt we can take those efforts to the next level with our new leadership.”
Milliner comes to the program from the Mayor’s office where he currently serves as the Deputy Director of Legislative Services. He will begin his new role on Feb. 13.
Prior to working for the Hancock Administration, Milliner spent more than five years working as a community liaison for Senators Michael Bennet and Ken Salazar. Milliner specialized in veteran’s services, an important population to be familiar with in the fight to end homelessness. Milliner also spent several years with the Urban League as Director of Community Relations and Development, responsible for a campaign of successful fundraising activities and events.
Milliner has an extensive history of community service and political activism and is a 23-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Lyda will join the team on Feb. 13 as well. She has been working on the annual DRH fundraiser with tremendous success and looks forward to continuing that work on a regular basis. Lyda will also continue to serve in a narrowed capacity as the Community Initiatives Director for Mayor Hancock’s Office.
Before joining the Hancock Administration, Lyda served as the Finance Director for the political campaigns of former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter and candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives Elliot Richardson. She also served in various positions during Ritter’s administration.
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About Denver’s Road Home
Denver’s Road Home is our City’s comprehensive 10-year plan to end homelessness. It is a collaboration between the City and County of Denver, Mile High United Way, homeless service providers, foundations, businesses, faith-based organizations and the greater community. It works by connecting homeless men, women, children and families to affordable housing and support services. Since 2005, Denver’s Road Home and our partners have developed 2,373 permanent and transitional housing units, linked 5,817 people to job training and employment, prevented 5,714 families from becoming homeless through eviction assistance, and mentored nearly 1,000 families and seniors out of homelessness. For more information, visit www.DenversRoadHome.org