Apr 19, 2018
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today launched the North Denver Resource Center at the Valdez-Perry Branch Library. The Resource Center, a partnership between several city agencies and the Denver Public Library, will provide residents and business owners in Globeville, Elyria and Swansea easy, direct access to the city’s most vital economic mobility services, including housing support, financial coaching, resources for citizenship and small business assistance.
“This collaboration allows us to meet our residents where they are while offering them the resources they need most to build and sustain healthy, successful lives,” Mayor Hancock said. “From access to small business loans and immigration services to tuition assistance and more, the North Denver Resource Center will make it easier for residents here to get one-on-one help navigating the many resources the city has to offer – and right in their neighborhood.”
The Center is one of the economic mobility pilot initiatives that the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative is launching in 2018 as part of its mission to provide north Denver communities with resources that support them in building successful futures for themselves and their families. At the Center, residents and business owners will find myriad resources ranging from housing to workforce to education, as well as city staff that will provide dedicated guidance on how to navigate those resources.
The Center will serve as a satellite office for several city agencies that will rotate throughout the week with bilingual (English/Spanish) personnel: Denver Human Services, Denver Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs, Office of Economic Development, Office of Financial Empowerment and North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative.
Each day a different agency will focus on specific services. For example, residents will be able to apply for food and medical assistance on Mondays. They’ll have access to personalized financial coaching on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Wednesdays, small business owners will be able to learn how city resources can help them grow their business, and job seekers will gain access training, internships and workshops. On Fridays, immigrants and refugees will get help connecting to citizenship clinics and English classes.
“Many city services are vital to those who live and work in these neighborhoods,” Tim Sandos, Executive Director of the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative, said. “But getting to them can be challenging. This new center will help improve access and outcomes.”
As the city’s first Economic Mobility Resource Center, the North Denver Resource Center will serve as a pilot for the potential launch of other such centers in high-need areas of Denver.
For a full description and schedule of services, click here.