FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 16, 2016

Contact:  James Gillespie, 303.898.5507, jgillespie@mhbhc.org

Collaborative Effort to Register Metro Denver Residents Experiencing Homeless to Vote

Colorado Secretary of State to Speak at Registration Event

Aurora, CO – While everyone needs a safe place to call home, you don’t need a fixed home address in order to be able to vote (learn more here). This is the message multiple organizations, agencies and collaboratives want to get out to Coloradans, accompanied by an intensive effort to register Metro Denver residents who are experiencing homelessness to vote.

“Losing a home can happen to anyone. Job loss, high housing costs, family break-ups, and illnesses are among the most common causes of homelessness,” said James Gillespie, who oversees Community Impact and Government Relations for Mile High Behavioral Healthcare. “When these circumstances occur it’s more important than ever to give people a way to speak up and be heard. The freedom to exercise their right to vote is a tangible way to have a voice.”

“Homeless, Not Voiceless” encourages people across the state without a permanent address to register to vote and speak up by voting. In Metro Denver a voter registration drive will kick-off in Aurora:

When:               Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where:              Martin Luther King, Jr. Aurora Public Library (outdoors), 9898 Colfax Avenue, Aurora, Colorado

Who:                  Residents experiencing homelessness will be assisted to register to vote

Speaker:           Colorado Secretary of State Wayne W. Williams will speak at 10:00 a.m.

The event is co-hosted by Mile High Behavioral Health Center and the Comitis Crisis Center, Colorado Secretary of State, Metro Community Provider Network, Close to Home, Colfax Community Network, and the Aurora Mental Health Center, PATH Program.

Intensive outreach to homeless residents will be conducted along the Colfax Avenue corridor to let them know about this event. Staff certified to run voter registration will manage the event, accompanied by interpreters fluent in Spanish, Vietnamese and Cambodian.

To learn more or schedule an interview, contact James Gillespie at Mile High Behavioral Healthcare.

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A subsidiary of Mile High Behavioral Healthcare, the Comitis Crisis Center is the only 24/7 emergency homeless shelter in Colorado’s third largest city, Aurora. For 47 years, Comitis has served homeless families, individuals and Veterans in need of emergency shelter and transitional housing. Comitis provides free services including: substance use and mental health treatment, primary care, oral care, employment/soft skills training, parenting classes, nutrition classes, financial literacy seminars, transportation solutions, GED courses, and other programs that support and care for the whole person.

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