May 24, 2019
DENVER –Mayor Michael B. Hancock, the City’s Chief Housing Officers and leaders from Denver’s business and philanthropic communities are proud to announce the commitment of $3.5 million in private funding to support Denver’s bridge housing and shelter initiative. The City has committed $11.2 million and today we are proud to announce private funders have come forward to provide $3.5 million to send a strong message about the importance of collaboration in addressing one of Denver’s most important challenges. Joining the City in this effort are the Anschutz Family Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, the Associated General Contractors of Colorado, the Downtown Denver Partnership, and VISIT DENVER.
“Our goal is to ensure every person who calls Denver home has access to safe, permanent housing,” Mayor Hancock said. “I want to thank the exceptional partners from our business and philanthropic community who have stepped up to be a part of this city-wide effort and I invite everyone in our community to join us in investing in real solutions to homelessness in Denver.”
In total, this partnership will result in the investment of $15.7 million over the next three years to add 400 bridge housing vouchers which provide temporary housing for individuals experiencing homelessness while case managers work to rapidly identify permanent housing, improve our shelter conditions, and increase access to day shelters for those experiencing homelessness.
“Creating affordable housing options for residents requires every resource we have available as a city and as a community,” said Britta Fisher, Chief Housing Officer. “Taking on an issue as personal as finding housing requires engaging with a broad coalition of residents, neighborhoods, non-profits, private foundations, businesses, and stakeholders across the city.”
The Colorado Health Foundation, a statewide funder focused on improving the health of Coloradans by addressing key drivers of health inequity, such as a lack of affordable housing, has made a multi-year investment that includes a $500k challenge grant to be matched by the local business community.
“Collectively, we believe in the power of collaboration and community to help support those experiencing homelessness in Denver,” said Tami Door, President and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership, on behalf of the Downtown Denver Partnership, The Associated General Contractors of Colorado, and VISIT DENVER. “While the issues of housing, supportive services and related issues are complex and will require additional solutions, we are aligned on our vision. The business community is proud to partner with the public and philanthropic sectors in a meaningful way on this new program.”
Mile High United Way will serve an important role by acting as the fiscal sponsor to accept funds from the public, as well as disbursing funds to the selected providers.
“Mile High United Way is proud to continue its longstanding history of partnering with the City and County of Denver and other partners to ensure that individuals and families experiencing homelessness are getting the support services they deserve,” said Christine Benero, President and CEO, Mile High United Way.
Individuals may donate directly to the Housing and Homeless Services Fund online here:
Denvergov.org/housing, or by sending a check to Mile High United Way with the fund name included on the check: 711 Park Ave. W, Denver, CO 80205.
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The Colorado Health Foundation is bringing health in reach for all Coloradans by engaging closely with communities across the state through investing, policy advocacy, learning and capacity building. For more information, please visit www.coloradohealth.org.