"My greatest disappointment is the fact that we still need to be doing this work. When I started working on homeless issues in 1986, we felt that our task was to work ourselves out of a job within 5 years. Then we thought it might take 10 years. But now, it seems like we’re farther from that dream than ever before. The things that cause and exacerbate homelessness seem to be deeply embedded in our systems, both political and economic, and changing that will require more time than we ever anticipated.
On the other hand, I take joy every day when I drive by one of the housing developments that we’ve created or see a family moving into a home or know they’ve received quality child care or health care because of the programs we’ve put in place. This is what keeps us going day after day."
• The Coalitions opens the Stout Street Health Center and Renaissance Stout Street Lofts.This development increases integrated health care access for up to 18,000 homeless individuals each year and provides supportive housing for 78 formerly homeless households.
• The Coalition opens Renaissance Uptown Lofts, its 15th affordable housing property. The new development at the corner of Pearl Street and East Colfax Avenue opens the door for 98 households that are formerly homeless or were at risk of homelessness.
• La Casa Quigg Newton marks 10 year anniversary. The family health center in North Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood brings residents medical care through Denver Health Medical Center and clinical mental health care through the Coalition.
• The Coalition launches its Electronic Health Records system, part of the nationwide effort to digitize medical records. The new system is expected to improve clinic efficiency and patient outcomes.
• State funding cuts force the Coalition to park its Health Outreach Program’s mobile medical clinic, which delivered health care to homeless people staying at shelters, motels and day centers around metro Denver.
• The Coalition hosts Barbara Poppe, the executive director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, at Renaissance Concord Plaza. She meets with managers from the Coalition and other agencies to discuss best practices for homeless services.
• The Coalition expands its Renaissance Works program, to improve employment opportunities and on-the-job training for Coalition clients.
• President Barack Obama issues a written statement honoring the Coalition for 25 years of service. The milestone is marked during Home for the Holidays week with three special events: a Dine Out night at restaurants around Denver, the 25th Anniversary Gala at Invesco Field, and the 2nd Annual 5K & 1K Fun Run at City Park.
• Coalition President John Parvensky receives the 2010 Housing Colorado! Eagle Award for his 25 years of work to expand affordable housing in Colorado. He also receives the 2010 People’s Choice Award to recognize cutting edge work in the affordable housing field.
• The Coalition’s Project to Assist in the Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program receives the Excellent Practice in Consumer Empowerment Award from the National PATH program. The award recognizes the Coalition’s work involving consumers and peer mentors to help people with serious mental illness and substance abuse disorders transition into permanent housing after living on the streets or in shelters.
• Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods awards the Coalition with the Homelessness & Affordable Housing 2010 Good Neighbor Award, presented annually to those who work hard to make our neighborhoods a better place to live, work and play.
• The Coalition breaks ground on Renaissance Uptown Lofts, its next mixed income, supportive housing development. The development on the corner of Pearl Street and Colfax Avenue is just east of the Capitol. Scheduled to be completed by the end of 2010, it will provide 98 apartment homes for low-income and also chronically homeless individuals.
• The Coalition announces its new Homeless Veterans Housing Fund and sets a goal of doubling the number of veterans currently served.
• The Coalition leads a successful nine-week battle to save the Aid to the Needy Disabled Program (AND) from state budget cuts. Forty-nine organizations and advocates across the state joined the effort. Since 1953, the AND Program’s modest cash payment has been a lifeline to poor, disabled state residents awaiting approval for federal disability benefits. Cutting the program would have pushed the majority of recipients into homelessness.
• The Coalition participates in a successful effort to maintain the Colorado Division of Housing “Affordable Housing” budget line item at $2.25 million.
• Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, joins U.S. Representatives Diana DeGette and Jared Polis, at the Stout Street Clinic to spotlight the impact of economic recovery funds on health care services. Pelosi praises the Clinic’s “holistic” approach to health care for people who are homeless and cites it as a “national model”.
• Over 800 people participate in the Coalition’s 21st Statewide Conference on Homelessness at the Colorado Convention Center. The Conference serves as a valuable educational and networking resource for homeless service professionals, homeless clients, civic and business leaders, advocates, educators and students.
• Renaissance Riverfront Lofts opens just north of Coors Field in the River North neighborhood. The development brings 100 new units of affordable and supportive housing to Denver and is recognized as the first “green” affordable housing development in Colorado for its environmentally sustainable design and construction.
• Coalition President and CEO John Parvensky is elected to a two-year term as President of the Board of Directors of the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH). Headquartered in Washington D.C., NCH is the nation’s oldest and largest homeless advocacy organization.
• Renaissance Riverfront Lofts wins Affordable Housing Finance Magazine's 2009 “Readers Choice Award” for the best “green” development. The annual awards honor ten developments from across the nation that serve low-income Americans and their communities.
• Renaissance Riverfront Lofts is featured on the cover of the Colorado Construction's October 2009 issue and is the winner of the magazine’s Outstanding Multifamily/Hospitality Project Gold Award. Renaissance Riverfront Lofts is also a finalist in the first-ever Colorado Sustainable Design Awards sponsored by ColoradoBiz Magazine.
• The Coalition helps pass the National Housing Trust Fund legislation, the country’s first dedicated source of revenue for affordable housing. The bill was signed into law by President George W. Bush on July 30, 2008.
• The Coalition breaks ground on Renaissance Riverfront Lofts, the city’s first affordable green housing site, located in the booming loft development area just northwest of Downtown Denver.
• Plans are unveiled for Renaissance Uptown Lofts, a property on the corner of Pearl and Colfax, which will bring another 98 affordable and supportive housing to downtown Denver.
• The Coalition is instrumental in the passage of Colorado’s Warranty of Habitability (House Bill 08-1356). The new state law holds landlords accountable for providing safe, habitable residential properties and gives renters legal recourse when that minimum standard isn’t met.
• President George W. Bush presents the President’s Volunteer Service Award to Cherie Yager, an optician and volunteer with the Coalition’s Stout Street Eye Clinic.
• Colorado Community Health Network recognizes the Coalition for four community health programs: Colorado Women’s Wellness Connection, Health Disparities Collaborative, Healthy Women Outreach Project, and Colorado Colorectal Screening Program.
• Renaissance at Civic Center earns a MetLife Foundation first place award for “Excellence in Affordable Housing.”
• Renaissance at Civic Center earns a Maxwell Award of Excellence from the Fannie Mae Foundation.
• Riverfront Lofts wins “Judges Special Award for Outstanding Community Contribution” Gold Hardhat Awards, Colorado Construction Magazine.
• The Coalition’s new custom, 37-foot mobile medical unit replaces the original Health Outreach Program vehicle, to deliver comprehensive health care for individuals and families unable to reach the Stout Street Clinic.
• The Coalition redevelops Renaissance 88, its first affordable housing community in the city of Thornton.
• Recognizing the need to find immediate shelter for clients preparing to enter other programs, the Coalition opens Gateway on Colorado Boulevard.
• Governor Bill Ritter establishes the Colorado Community and Interagency Council on Homelessness, with Coalition President John Parvensky serving as Vice Chairman.
• The Coalition’s Stout Street Clinic receives a National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Heroes in the Fight Award.
• The Coalition plays a significant role in restoring $1 million in state funding for mental health, drug and alcohol abuse services.
• The Coalition hosts the 20th State Conference on Homelessness, bringing together hundreds of providers from across the state for training and networking.
• The Coalition completes renovations on Renaissance at Xenia Village, upgrading apartments with new energy efficient measures and building a community center.
• The Coalition, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, creates the Rural/Frontier Women’s Health Coordinating Center in northern Colorado to improve health issues of women living in rural areas.
• The Forest Manor Supportive Services Team receives a Heroes in the Fight Award, funded by Eli Lilly and Company, in partnership with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
• The Coalition earns a Home for Every American Award from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.
• The Coalition celebrates its 20th anniversary. The organization has now developed 1,000 units of affordable housing with supportive services for formerly homeless individuals and families. Stout Street Clinic is now serving over 8,500 patients a year.
• Denver adopts its 10 year plan to end homelessness known as Denver’s Road Home.
• The Coalition collaborates with the City of Denver on the 16th Street Housing First Program and the Denver Street Outreach Collaborative.
• The Coalition’s Benefits Acquisition and Retention Team (BART), receives a National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty STAR Award.
• The Downtown Denver Partnership recognizes the Coalition for “collaboration and leadership in seeking long-term solutions to preserving affordable housing in downtown Denver” with Renaissance at Civic Center Apartments.
• The Coalition’s new Dental Clinic opens at 2111 Champa Street, the first facility in Denver dedicated exclusively to providing oral care for the homeless.
• The Coalition opens Renaissance Civic Center Apartments, providing affordable living and supportive housing in the heart of downtown Denver. The property is home base for the Coalition’s Housing First and Assertive Community Treatment programs.
• The Coalition earns a Colorado Housing NOW! Eagle Award for creating affordable housing in downtown Denver and a Historic Denver Inc. Community Preservation Award for Renaissance at Civic Center Apartments.
• The Coalition constructs Renaissance at Lowry Boulevard Apartments, providing housing to 120 formerly homeless and working families.
• The Coalition becomes the lead agency for the Denver Housing First Collaborative, a program that has proven it can save tax payer dollars and end chronic homelessness.
• The Coalition develops the Benefits Acquisition and Retention Team (BART) program.
• The Coalition develops Renaissance Off Broadway Lofts as the first affordable rental loft development in Denver.
• The Coalition acquires the historic YMCA building off of Lincoln and 16th Street in downtown Denver and begins major renovations on the property that will become Renaissance Civic Center Apartments.
• The Stout Street Clinic undergoes a major expansion adding treatment rooms and staff, to provide critical healthcare for an average of 100 patients a day.
• The Health Outreach Program (HOP) is launched. The mobile medical clinic begins delivering healthcare to adults and children frequenting foodbanks, motels and shelters around the metropolitan Denver area.
• The Coalition opens Renaissance Blue Spruce Townhomes at Lowry, its first affordable housing development in one of Denver’s new destination neighborhoods.
• The Coalition is a leading advocate for expanding the state-funded Children’s Health Plan Plus (CHP+) program to include prenatal care.
• The Ford Foundation recognizes Coalition President John Parvensky with its prestigious Leadership for a Changing World Award.
• Comedian Robin Williams, during his first return to stand-up comedy in 15 years, helps the homeless in a benefit performance and Coalition fundraiser.
• The Coalition develops and begins implementing a comprehensive substance abuse program, the Open Door Addiction Treatment Program for homeless adults.
• The Coalition completes the purchase and renovation of 2111 Champa Street to expand space for client supportive services and to relocate its administrative offices.
• The Coalition successfully lobbies for the passage of a new state law (House Bill 01-1334) to create a property tax exemption for non-profit housing developments.
• The Coalition, with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, implements the Balance of State Continuum of Care. The program helps rural service providers compete for federal homeless assistance grants.
• The Denver Department of Human Services awards the Coalition a grant to serve 915 families with a range of services including rental assistance, housing searches and life-skills training between July 2000 and December 2003.
• The Coalition completes a successful negotiation and settlement with the Lowry Redevelopment Authority, acquiring 92 units of existing housing at the former Air Force Base and nine acres for construction of an additional 120 units.
• The Coalition’s Renaissance at Concord Plaza earns a Maxwell Award of Excellence from the Fannie Mae Foundation.
• Seven homeless men are found dead in lower downtown between September and November – five were beaten to death. City officials suspect a turf war between homeless youth on the 16th Street Mall and the victims.
• The Coalition’s Renaissance Children’s Center opens adjacent to Renaissance at Concord Plaza, providing high-quality, affordable, early childhood education.
• The Coalition opens Beacon Place, an 85-bed facility that provides room and board for formerly homeless residents, most of whom have chronic mental illness. Respite care is also provided for homeless individuals just discharged from the hospital.
• An all-volunteer staffed Eye Clinic starts offering basic eye exams, referrals and prescription glasses at the Coalition’s Stout Street Clinic.
• The Coalition’s Renaissance at Loretto Heights earns the Metropolitan Life Award from the Enterprise Foundation for “excellence in affordable housing.”
• The Coalition’s Renaissance at Concord Plaza opens in Jefferson County, a property modeled after Renaissance at Loretto Heights.
• The Denver Department of Human Services awards the Coalition with a contract to provide mental health services to low-income families in the City and County of Denver.
• The Coalition’s Renaissance at Loretto Heights is one of just six properties around the country to earn a Maxwell Award of Excellence first place in rental housing from the Fannie Mae Foundation.
• The Coalition earns special recognition from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for “capacity building and outstanding performance.”
• The Coalition constructs Renaissance at Loretto Heights for homeless families. The development earns an Eagle Award at the Ninth Annual Colorado Housing NOW! Conference and an award for “significant achievement” from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
• The Coalition joins the Advocates Against Domestic Violence to establish the Trinidad Family Transitional Housing Program, the first of its kind to be created in Trinidad, Colorado.
• The Coalition converts a former office building near Civic Center Park into 100 efficiency apartments, creating The Forum - the first permanent, supportive housing program for formerly homeless men and women in downtown Denver.
• The Coalition develops the Rural Initiatives Program with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide services to rural communities in Colorado.
• The Coalition expands efforts to develop affordable and supportive housing with the opening of Xenia Manor, 51 apartment homes in east Denver.
• The Coalition establishes the Bridges Program at Stout Street Clinic for homeless individuals with severe and persistent mental illness in collaboration with the Mental Health Center of Denver.
• Lowry Air Force Base is decommissioned and closed. The local area reuse plan allows for 87 units for homeless families and 86 for homeless individuals.
• The Coalition establishes the Inclusive Communities Task Force to address neighborhood opposition to housing for the homeless.
• Governor Roy Romer signs a resolution declaring HOPE Week (Homeless Organizations for Public Education), a campaign initiated by the Coalition.
• The Quigg Newton Family Health Center opens; a collaborative project involving the Coalition, Denver Health and the Denver Housing Authority.
• The Coalition convenes a Substance Abuse Task Force.
• Mary Helen Sandoval becomes the Coalition’s fourth Board President.
• The Coalition begins offering mental health care through the federally funded Project for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program.
• The Coalition begins participating on a Lowry Housing Committee in anticipation of closure of the Lowry Air Force Base.
• Don Parsons becomes the Coalition’s third Board President.
• The Coalition establishes Metro Denver Homeless Families Program, one of nine national demonstration programs funded by HUD and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It is the first regional effort to end homelessness for families.
• Monsignor Charles Woodrich dies. “Father Woody”, as he was known throughout Denver, was a tireless advocate for the city’s poor and homeless.
• The Coalition opens Forest Manor, in Aurora, its first large-scale affordable housing community (84 apartments) with supportive services.
• The Coalition is one of nine organizations around the country chosen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to establish a Homeless Families Program.
• The Coalition’s Stout Street Clinic earns a service award from The Colorado Trust for “exemplary commitment to serving the people of Colorado.”
• Governor Roy Romer’s Homeless Task Force releases its report: The Colorado Approach: Shared Accountability.
• Colorado creates the Tax Check-off Fund to End Homelessness. The fund raises $245,000 in its first year.
• The Coalition’s Stout Street Clinic delivers healthcare to 7,743 homeless men, women and children.
• The Coalition opens the Ruth Goebel House, a 12-bed group home that offers transitional housing for homeless women with disabilities.
• The Coalition’s Stout Street Clinic moves across the street from 2100 Stout Street to its present location at 2100 Broadway.
• The Coalition is approved for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds to provide transitional housing for 15 homeless individuals and families.
• Congress passes the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, the first federal statutory response to homelessness.
• The Coalition publishes the first edition of its Homeless Advocate newsletter.
• Dom Verrastro becomes the Coalition’s second Board President.Show less
• Comic Relief performs in Denver to benefit the Coalition.
• The Coalition hosts its first Statewide Conference on Homelessness, with special guest Mitch Snyder, from the Center for Non-Violence in Washington D.C.
• The Coalition’s Stout Street Clinic is opened with a $1.6 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson foundation, becoming the first healthcare facility in Denver dedicated to serving homeless individuals and families.
• John Parvensky becomes the Coalition’s Executive Director.
• The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
• Kathleen Mullen is a founder and becomes the Coalition’s first Board President.
• Mary Ann Gleason becomes the first Executive Director.