Jan 03, 2017
DENVER – In 2016, the City and County of Denver remained steadfast in its offering of a wide variety of supportive services and resources for those experiencing homelessness. The city invested more than $47 million on homelessness related programs in 2016, and several new programs launched have seen early successes and will expand in 2017, such as the Co-Responders Program and Denver Day Works.
“Our main objective to serving those who are without homes has been and will remain helping them improve their overall wellbeing and build a foundation for future success.” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Each person who experiences homelessness is unique, and we have taken a multi-faceted approach to supporting those varying needs with the right services that will improve their lives and situations. The city and service provider partners work every day to connect people experiencing homelessness with quality services and housing, and this dedicated work will continue undaunted in 2017.”
Each night in Denver, more than 3,000 people are in shelters, transitional housing and/or safe haven. The city's overall strategy to helping people experiencing homelessness in Denver is a system of outreach and shelters, mental and behavioral health assistance, substance abuse support, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing.
In 2016, this approach lead to the following outcomes, through efforts directly funded by the city:
Included in Denver’s homeless service efforts are various fundraising and awareness efforts. In 2016, more than $76,000 was collected through change receptacles at Denver International Airport, and more than $1,700 through a text-to-give campaign. Approximately $5000 a year is contributed through donation meters coordinated by Denver’s Road Home.
These efforts are coordinated through the Give a Better Way campaign, which helps residents connect their donations of time, goods or support to community-based organizations. Donations finance more than 20 community partners who provide shelter, job training, meals, housing and other resources to help get people who are homeless back on their feet. No matter the amount, any donation can make a big difference for those experiencing homelessness. Interested donors can download the new donor guide at denvergov.org/homelesshelp or text HOMELESSHELP to 41444.