About CLOSE TO HOME
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. Increased public engagement paves the road to identify, pilot, implement, and sustain solutions such as affordable housing, supportive services, and employment and education opportunities.
History. The idea for the CLOSE TO HOME campaign began in a listening tour conducted by The Denver Foundation in communities across the seven-county Metro Denver area (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties). Residents said far too many people cannot meet their basic needs, especially housing, hunger, and a lack of safety or access to basic medical care. They said we need to increase understanding, compassion, and get more people engaged to solve these challenges.
Through research and community input, including people who have experienced homelessness, the CLOSE TO HOME strategy was developed. The campaign goals are to:
- 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.
Through the work of the CLOSE TO HOME campaign, and the efforts of many other committed individuals, groups, and organizations, we want very few individuals in Metro Denver to experience homelessness, even fewer to be chronically homeless, and for all people to be able to live with dignity and hope.
CLOSE TO HOME is committed to a campaign that is collaborative, respectful, action-oriented, and solutions-focused.
The CLOSE TO HOME campaign is jointly led by the organizations and groups shown below, together with individuals with personal experience of homelessness. View the leadership’s statements of support.
A network of diverse stakeholders, including individuals with personal experience of homelessness, is working together to communicate about homelessness, identify actions that that lead to changes and policies that make a meaningful difference in addressing homelessness, and mobilize community action.