Mayor Launches All In Mile High Initiative, Hits Major Milestone

Published on March 11, 2024

Denver Mayor Mike Johnston, together with Councilwoman Flor Alvidrez, today announced the opening of the La Paz community in the Overland Park neighborhood as part of the All In Mile High Initiative. This is a significant milestone in the city’s ongoing efforts to end unsheltered homelessness.

 “We alone cannot solve homelessness. We’ll need faith leaders, business leaders, nonprofits and individuals to continue engaging in the way they have,” said Mayor Mike Johnston. “Although Denver is the heart of this effort, the biggest part of our success has been and will be based on the number of community partners and advocates who are all in.” 

On March 12, outreach teams will conduct the city’s first encampment resolution of 2024. More than 100 individuals from an encampment near Umatilla Street and West Colfax Avenue will be offered indoor accommodations. Around 60 of these individuals will find a new home in the La Paz community, where they will receive wraparound services and embark on a new chapter in their lives, with a clear pathway to permanent housing and stability. Other encampment residents will move into other All In Mile High/House1000 sites.

LA PAZ COMMUNITY:

  • Currently, 60 individual units have been installed at La Paz. This includes 12 ADA-compliant accessible units. The site includes restrooms, showers, a kitchen, and gathering spaces, providing a sense of belonging and community.
  • The site will remain under evaluation for additional units.
  • The Colorado Village Collaborative serves as the service provider for La Paz, ensuring that residents have access to essential amenities and support. With 24/7 on-site staff, security is a top priority.

Since July 2023, more than 1,300 individuals have been successfully moved indoors, marking a major step in the city's mission to provide safe and stable housing for all. Through All In Mile High, Mayor Johnston and his administration aim to build on the success of House1000 and increase the number of people brought indoors from unsheltered homelessness to 2,000 by Dec. 31.

ALL IN MILE HIGH INITIATIVE

  • All In Mile High represents Denver's unwavering commitment to bringing everyone living on the streets indoors.
  • The initiative focuses on creating throughput from existing sites, ensuring that individuals who have moved into communities are connected to permanent housing. This strategy will leverage the existing available units to serve even more people in the future.
  • The initiative emphasizes the need for the entire city and community to be "all in" to achieve this goal.
  • A second tiny home community is set to open later this month, further expanding the city's capacity to support those experiencing homelessness.

Learn more about All In Mile High or stay up-to-date on the initiative by visiting denvergov.org/allinmilehigh

Watch today’s press conference here.

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