Many of Denver’s neighborhoods are changing quickly and residents are faced with a rising cost of living. Housing discrimination ensures that homes in Black neighborhoods are significantly undervalued and that homeownership for communities of color remain low. The number of people experiencing homelessness in the metro area continues to increase, and the pandemic has exacerbated the challenges faced by our unhoused neighbors. Join us to learn about the issues of housing equity and homelessness, the work that is undertaken by our community partners to address these issues, and how you can be part of the solution.
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Tom Luehrs has been Executive Director of St. Francis Center for 29 years. During those years he has help the Center expand its programs and services to the people the Center serves, more than 800 different people each day ( over 10,000 people each year). Programs like Street Outreach (housing 125 people each year), Health Clinic, Wellness Office (mental health) housing (have over 120 apartments), case management (helping over 200 people find housing each year), employment office (finding jobs each year for over 400 people), as well as providing life changing day services with storage, showers, clothing, and safe space, have all grown to meet the increasing demand during Tom’s tenure.
Maria Sepulveda leads Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver’s advocacy program, collaborating with community and government partners in furtherance of the organization’s mission and vision. She manages the government grants team and is responsible for advancing Habitat’s community development strategy. María’s work experience includes practicing law in private practice and for the federal government and serving as vice president of Wells Fargo Commercial Real Estate and Community Relations divisions. María received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder and her Juris Doctorate from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. María serves on the boards of Housing Colorado, Community Resources Housing Development Corporation and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, and is a member of the Barrio E’ Puerto Rican Music and Dance Ensemble.
Cole Chandler is an organizer, activator, and community builder who is working to address Denver's Housing and Homelessness crisis as Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Colorado Village Collaborative. He has Coordinated across sectors to produce a longer term pipeline of tiny homes to address Denver's housing and homelessness crisis, led a task force to create Denver's first dedicated campsites for people experiencing homelessness during COVID-19 Outbreak, and led development efforts to create Denver's second tiny home village
2020 Point in Time Survey for the seven-county metro region
Mile High United Way partners with St. Francis Center to open its headquarters for people experiencing homelessness
Segregated by Design video
Racism in Housing, from the Daily Show with Trevor Noah