CLOSE TO HOME is shining a bright light on the broad reach of homelessness and mobilizing people to take action and support solutions.
We are made up of individuals with personal experience of homelessness, together with allies in housing, education, domestic violence, business, health care, faith and homelessness-focused organizations and agencies.
Together, we communicate, educate and advocate to gain support for meaningful solutions to homelessness.
“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.”
– Dalai Lama
CLOSE TO HOME was developed in response to comments voiced by residents in a metro-wide listening tour conducted by The Denver Foundation. Residents said they increasingly cannot meet their basic needs, and believe their struggles are largely invisible. They urged support for efforts to increase awareness and understanding, and get more people engaged to help solve these challenges. A follow-up public opinion poll of metro residents showed:
Have personally experienced homelessness
Have a friend or family member who has experienced homelessness
Have come close to becoming homelessness
- Mobilize Metro Denver residents to address the underlying causes of homelessness
- Increase understanding so that Metro Denver residents experiencing homelessness are viewed by others, and regard themselves, as valuable members of our communities
- Make homelessness a priority issue in Metro Denver
More than 1,000 people have added their voices in support of efforts to prevent and homelessness in communities across the metro area. Close To Home shares news about the growing numbers of residents taking the pledge with policy, business and community leaders to underscore the importance of their leadership, support and action.
Show your support and help to drive change.