T. R. Reid
Dr. Christopher Bates
Norman D. Haglund
Sana Q. Hamelin
Mandy Graves May
John Parvensky has served as President and CEO of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (Coalition) since 1985. Under his leadership, the Coalition developed the Stout Street Health Center, a comprehensive healthcare for the homeless program providing integrated primary care, behavioral health care and substance treatment services to more than 13,000 homeless families and individuals annually. The Coalition has also developed over 2000 supportive housing and affordable housing units in the Denver area, and manages nearly 1,000 supportive housing vouchers statewide. John has been a leader in developing integrated housing for homeless and low-income families and individuals, as well as developing the Housing First approach for the chronically homeless.
He was instrumental in creating the Denver Housing First Collaborative (DHFC) in 2003 with funding provided by the federal Chronic Homeless Initiative. The DHFC provides comprehensive housing and supportive services to more than 200 chronically homeless individuals with disabilities. The program uses a Housing First strategy combined with assertive community treatment (ACT) services, providing integrated primary care, behavioral health care, substance treatment, and supportive services. DHFC has demonstrated success in maintaining housing stability for 85% of those housed under the program after two years, while improving health and mental health outcomes, decreasing substance use, and reducing costly emergency services by $40,000 per person.
In 2014, the Coalition finished construction of the Stout Street Health Center and Lofts, a two-story, 53,000-square-foot health center financed through New Market Tax Credits and HRSA-leveraged capital funding, and 78 units of supportive housing on the upper three stories financed through Low Income Housing Tax Credits.
During his tenure, John has received local and national recognition for his work. In 2016, the ACLU of Colorado presented him with the Carle Whitehead Memorial Award for 30 years of dedication to furthering civil liberties and social justice for Colorado’s homeless. John received the 2012 Be More Award from Rocky Mountain PBS for his outstanding, innovative leadership and direction in social justice benefiting the entire community. In 2010, he earned the Eagle Award for 25 years of service, as well as the People’s Choice Award in Affordable Housing from Housing Colorado. And, he was also awarded the prestigious Leadership for a Changing World Award from the Ford Foundation in 2002.
John serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the National Coalition for the Homeless, and a past board president of the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council.