New Shelter Under Construction for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Published on January 23, 2023

Urban Peak breaks ground on innovative new shelter and campus for youth experiencing homelessness

Rep. Diana DeGette, Mayor Michael Hancock join Urban Peak CEO Christina Carlson to break ground on the Mothership, an innovative new shelter and campus for youth experiencing homelessness

Urban Peak broke ground today on its new campus for youth experiencing homelessness at the site of its former youth shelter.

Once construction is complete, The Mothership, as it is commonly known, will offer an innovative approach of integrated services, shelter and housing. Case management, medical and mental health care as well as education and employment services will all be located at the same site as temporary shelter for youth ages 15 through 24 along with graduated, apartment-style housing.

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette and Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock joined Urban Peak CEO Christina Carlson for the groundbreaking and spoke to significant federal and city investments in the project to provide housing and services for youth in an effort to end youth homelessness.

“This is a big deal for our community,” DeGette said. “This innovative new project will not only provide youth experiencing homelessness in our city a safe place to sleep, but it will also put them on a path to a brighter, more stable future. It will transform the way we support our homeless youth and I couldn’t be more thankful to everyone at Urban Peak for their tireless efforts to make this project a reality. I look forward to continuing to work with them, and others throughout Denver, to help all those experiencing homelessness in our city.”

“Thanks to Denver voters passing the RISE Denver bond program, we’re able to make these types of critical social infrastructure investments that directly improve lives for current and future generations,” Mayor Hancock said. “Urban Peak makes all the difference in the lives of so many. The Mothership will make a lasting impact for our community, setting new trajectories for youth facing the toughest of life’s challenges.”

“Bringing The Mothership from a vision to reality is the result of hard work, dedication and support from a vast network of allies,” said Urban Peak CEO Christina Carlson. “Encouragement and backing from Rep. DeGette and Mayor Hancock are incredibly meaningful, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. The Mothership is going to change the lives of thousands of young people in our community, and it will put us on the path to ending youth homelessness in Denver and the Front Range.”

The transformative campus will replace Urban Peak’s former shelter facility with a new four-story building with 136 beds, offering integrated services for youth experiencing homelessness. Expanded shelter, including distinct areas for minors as well as those ages 18 through 24, will be co-located with transitional housing and supportive services such as case management, a medical clinic, on-site mental health services, education and employment services and life-skills development.

The project, which is estimated to cost about $37 million at completion, is funded through a variety of public and private sources. The City and County of Denver made the largest financial commitment of over $16.7 million from the RISE Denver bond program. The project also includes a $3 million Economic Development Initiative Community Project Funding Grant championed by Rep. Diana DeGette as well as a $3.78 million contribution from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.