$3.5M grant funds permanent housing for Denver’s homeless

Janet Oravetz, KUSA 6:01 PM. MDT June 15, 2016

Original Article Published on 9news.com



DENVER – The City and County of Denver has been awarded nearly $3.5 million in federal grant funds to support permanent housing for people who are homeless and living with special needs.

The funds are through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Homeless Assistance Continuum of Care Program and will support five homeless housing programs.

The grants support HUD’s efforts to end homelessness by providing housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Earlier this year, Denver received $728,388 in HUD Tier 1 CoC funding to support five programs that deliver permanent supportive housing to dozens of homeless youth, veterans, women with disabilities and people with mental health needs.

“Through these grants, our partners will be able to provide permanent supportive housing to hundreds of people in Denver who are experiencing homelessness,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock in a news release. “We’ll be taking a multi-pronged approach, first getting people into housing, then addressing the underlying issues that are leading to their homelessness. Ultimately, we want to lead them to long-term recovery.”

The funds are administered by Denver Human Services (DHS) and will be split into five grant awards for programs operated by area providers the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Colorado Health Network, the Empowerment Program, Mental Health Center of Denver and St. Francis Center.

“These programs focus on getting people into housing first and then providing services designed to assist them with building overall wellbeing, such as mental health and substance abuse treatment, employment training and assistance, education and comprehensive health care services,” said DHS Executive Director Don Mares.