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Denver Launches New Department of Housing Stability

Mayor Hancock signs Executive Order establishing new department to link housing and homelessness services

DENVER – Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock today signed Executive Order 145, formally establishing the new Department of Housing Stability (HOST). For the signing, the Mayor was joined by various affordable housing and homelessness services stakeholders at Arroyo Village, a new affordable community with supportive and workforce housing created and managed by Rocky Mountain Communities, and a shelter managed by The Delores Project.

“Protecting and improving the affordability of our homes is the guiding principal that informs and shapes all of our work and our policies, and this is a huge step forward to ensuring that anyone who chooses to live in Denver can do so with a safe and affordable roof over their head,” Mayor Hancock said. “Starting today, I am proud to firmly establish housing and homelessness services as a core city service, just like public safety, parks, zoning, planning, and street paving.”

The new department will bring together the city’s affordable housing resources along with Denver’s Road Home and other homelessness services to connect the full housing spectrum – from housing for those experiencing homelessness to affordable home ownership and everything in between – while aligning and leveraging the city’s resources in these areas.

Mayor Hancock has appointed Chief Housing Officer Britta Fisher to lead HOST. The 2020 budget proposal dedicates $97 million toward affordable and attainable housing and resources for our residents experiencing homelessness, including $71.3 million in resources toward HOST.

“I look forward to further building on our positive momentum of housing residents and helping to keep them housed,” said Fisher. “With more resources than ever before, and now, a stand-alone department with a comprehensive staffing structure, Denver is uniquely positioned to support more affordable housing and improve services for those experiencing homelessness.”

HOST will invest resources, create policy, and partner with various organizations to help keep residents in the homes that they already live in, quickly resolve an experience of homelessness, and connect residents to new housing opportunities. To support these efforts, the department helps to:

  • Stabilize residents at risk of involuntary displacement and connect residents to housing resources;
  • Support residents experiencing a crisis and connect them to overnight shelter, services, and short-term and permanent housing; and
  • Create and preserve existing affordable housing and connect residents at any income level to new housing opportunities.

In the coming months, HOST will work with stakeholders and advisors to develop a strategic plan, drawing upon existing frameworks that include Housing an Inclusive Denver and the Three-year Shelter Plan. The plan will explore new innovations and build on Denver’s current and past successes.