The Denver Foundation is running the fund for one of the mayor’s biggest housing initiatives


December 1, 2023

More than 1,400 people in Denver are unsheltered and living outdoors, according to the2023 Point in Time count.  

A nearly 300% increase since 2019 that our new mayor Mike Johnston plans to address as a top priority for his administration. His immediate goal is to house 1,000 unsheltered people and permanently close encampments by the end of 2023. An ambitious goal he won’t tackle alone.  

On behalf of the City and County of Denver, The Denver Foundation is hosting the House1000 Fund, a fund to support the temporary housing resources and wraparound services offered to those experiencing unsheltered homelessness in our city.   

For a community to thrive, we all need to thrive,” said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Denver Foundation. “Housing is an essential part of that equation and we’re ready to partner with the city to help address this issue.” 

The mayor’s approach moves unsheltered people out of street encampments into safe, dignified, and semi-private temporary housing options as the first step in addressing this important issue. Once stably paired with a temporary housing resource, guests will have access to additional wraparound services. 

“For a community to thrive, we all need to thrive. Housing is an essential part of that equation and we’re ready to partner with the city to help address this issue.” - Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Denver Foundation.

This fund will support those wraparound services, like mental health care, substance misuse treatment, and workforce training, at the micro-communities and converted hotels to help strengthen the capacity of our nonprofit service providers.  

“The strategy counts on the philanthropic community coming to the table to help catalyze innovative solutions to our biggest problems,” said Soto. 

Through the House1000 Fund, foundations and other donors can support Mayor Mike Johnston’s Homelessness Resolution Initiative and the nonprofits providing critical services. “All donations make an impact, large and small,” said Soto. “Together we can make a difference in the lives of hundreds of our unhoused neighbors. We’re proud to continuously be a part of initiatives that put people first.” 

If you would like to learn more about the House1000 fund or give now, visit our website. You can use a credit card to make a one-time or recurring donation.  

To learn more about Mayor Johnston’s Homelessness Initiative, visit the House1000 website.