Partnership, City and Community Partners Commit $15.7 million to Fund Housing & Homeless Services Initiative
Today, the Downtown Denver Partnership is proud to join with Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the City’s housing and homelessness leaders to announce the commitment of a total of $15.7 million in funding to support Denver’s bridge housing and shelter initiative. This commitment demonstrates the strong partnership between the public, private and philanthropic sectors and the commitment of the Partnership and the business community to deliver meaningful support to those experiencing homelessness in our city. While the issues of housing, supportive services and related issues are complex and will require additional solutions, we are aligned in our vision and look forward to collaborating on this is positive step.
The Partnership joins with the Anschutz Family Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, the Associated General Contractors of Colorado, and VISIT DENVER to commit $3.5 million to this initiative and the City has committed $11.2 million. These commitments send a strong message about the importance of collaboration in addressing one of Denver’s most important challenges.
Over the next three years, this investment will help 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.
“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.
Individuals may donate directly to the Housing and Homeless Services Fund online here: https://secure.donationpay.org/milehighunitedway/HHSF.php, 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.