1.2 Engaging Local Political and Community LeadersPresentation Transcript
Denver ’s Road Home Annual National Conference Engaging Local & Community Leaders: What Matters? July 13, 2011 Jamie Van Leeuwen, PhD Former Executive Director, Denver ’s Road Home Senior Policy Advisor to Governor John Hickenlooper [email_address]
A Good Plan Matters!
This Plan is a call to action and to partnership for the Denver community.
Short-term goal: 75% reduction in chronic homelessness in five years.
Long-term goal: end homelessness in Denver.
The Plan was put together by a 41 member commission and over 350 volunteers.
We need measurable goals!
Decreased chronic homelessness by estimated 60 percent.
Developed over 2,000 new units of housing for the homeless.
Prevented over 2,232 families from becoming homeless and 3,278 homeless people have obtained employment.
Mentored 564 families out of homelessness in partnership with faith community.
And, in the midst of one of our most challenging economic climates, we have 500 new units of affordable housing in the pipeline that will be developed over the next two years!
Innovation and Partnerships Matter!
Raised $46.1 million in first four years of the initiative*
33 local foundations invested
Mayor's PJ Party ($60k to $860k in five years)
Project Homeless Connect
Donation Meter Project
*Raised by: 50% Public Funding, 25% Foundation Support, 25% Private Sector Support. 100% raised by end Year 4
By end of year seven, Denver's Road Home is planning to be 88% government funded
Cost Avoidance Matters:
31 percent decrease in jail census among homeless persons
Detox Cost Avoidance: $2,083,600
83% reduction in panhandling
"...enormous sums of money are already being spent on the chronically homeless, and...the kind of money it would take to solve the homeless problem could well be less than the kind of money it (would take) to ignore it."