TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE HOMELESSNESS HISTORY
We all need a safe place to call home.
Show your support to help drive change.
You can make a differenceMost Metro Denver residents believe we can improve or even solve homelessness, yet few voice this belief. Talking about homelessness and taking even small actions can make a difference.
Given the long-standing problem of homelessness, it’s surprising to consider that most of it is unseen and largely unknown. Learn more about the causes and broad reach of homelessness.
Our Storytellers are powerful messengers, helping others learn more about the circumstances that led them to lose their home, and what it took for them to move back to stable housing.
There are lots of ways to make a difference. Speak up and share information with others, donate food, clothing and other items to nonprofits near you, or volunteer your time.
Increase over the past ten years of school-aged children known to be homeless in Metro Denver.
Colorado ranks 3rd in the U.S for the highest number of homeless families with children.
Metro Denver residents with family or friends who have experienced homelessness.
We need to bring more residents who have experienced homelessness in to the conversation,” says Jen McDonald, who together with her two children has experienced homelessness. “I know there are compelling stories not being told that could help to move people to support change.” “We also need to tell our stories in different ways – through music, dance, art and more,” says Theda Bruns, who was homeless for a period of time after leaving an abusive relationship. “This will allow more people to share their stories in ways they are...
CLOSE TO HOME is a campaign to raise awareness, increase understanding, and move Coloradans to speak up and take actions that make a meaningful difference in addressing homelessness. Learn more about CLOSE TO HOME.
“It takes a community effort to tackle a problem this complex and devastating. Through community solutions, compassion, and speaking up for change, we can make Metro Denver a place where all families can provide the very best for their children, beginning with a safe place to call home.”
“As a regional community, we must judge ourselves by how well we care for the most vulnerable among us and that is why the Close to Home campaign is so important to the 41 mayors in the Metro Mayors Caucus. Working together, we can ensure that everyone in metro Denver has a safe place to call home.”
“Nearly half of Metro Denver residents have a family member or friend who has experienced homelessness. It can truly happen to anyone. We need to let everyone who has suffered the devastating experience of losing their home know they matter. We cannot assume someone else has this covered.”
“We know the high cost and lost potential of every individual who experiences homelessness in our state, including children who are especially vulnerable to the educational, physical, emotional, and developmental setbacks of housing instability. Supportive housing offers a proven, cost-effective, and humane alternative to prisons, emergency shelters, and life on the streets. Together we can remove the barriers to introducing these types of interventions and help ensure that every Coloradan has a place to call home.”
“Affordable and attainable housing is a critical issue for Colorado. We support the work to engage more Coloradans to fight homelessness and find housing that meets the needs of every Coloradan.”
President and CEO, Denver Chamber of Commerce