The city of Denver has launched a new effort aimed at addressing the challenges faced by people experiencing homelessness or struggling financially.
Mayor Michael Hancock and Erik Soliván, executive director of the Office of Housing & Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE), talked about the plan at the city's third-annual housing summit in Denver Friday.
“We want our residents to have the opportunity to turn a house into a home, and truly thrive in our city,” Hancock said. “To give people the chance to build a home, build their lives and build their futures, we must go beyond putting a roof over someone’s head. This is a new approach to leveraging our resources and coordinating department work to connect our people with good jobs, good health and a good home. When these three needs are met, people are empowered to succeed.”
The Office of HOPE will work with public and private programs to provide workforce training, health and mental health services and housing to people in need.