Housing and Homelessness Guide

In Denver, we believe that everyone in our community deserves to be healthy, housed, and connected. We know that when someone is housed stably, they are better able to connect to resources. Housing makes it easier to find and keep a job, get and stay healthy, address behavioral and mental health issues, and feel safe and secure. 

The path to getting people re-housed isn't linear. Each of us has a unique set of circumstances that influence which resources might be needed or available. Denver's goal is for episodes of homelessness to be rare, and when they do happen, for them to be brief and one time. Find resources to help if you are on the verge of losing housing, are experiencing homelessness, or are trying to help someone else.   

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How We're Helping

Five-Year Strategic Planning

Volunteer talking with a disabled homeless personIn a city where more than 115,000 households are struggling to keep a roof over their heads, and in which more than 5,000 people are experiencing homelessness, it is more important than ever for us to prioritize our citywide commitment to affordable housing.

The Denver Department of Housing Stability (HOST) has spent more than a year engaging our community to help set the direction for our work over the next five years, from 2022 to 2026.

Read More About the Five-Year Strategic Planning Efforts

STAR Program

Support Team Assisted Response (STAR) Program

STAR Program staff members

Denver Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) is expanding the Support Team Assisted Response (STAR) Program, which has been piloted by the Denver Department of Safety since 2020. The STAR Program deploys Emergency Response Teams that include Emergency Medical Technicians and Behavioral Health Clinicians to engage individuals experiencing crises related to mental health issues, poverty, homelessness, and substance abuse.

To request support from the STAR team, please call 9-1-1 if in Denver, or call the Denver Police Department's non-emergency line at 720-913-2000 and an operator will dispatch the most appropriate, available response.

Learn more about the STAR Program