On January 9, 2023 we enthusiastically welcomed Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet to TGTHR to learn more about our programs, meet some program participants, and talk with TGTHR staff. He toured The Source Drop-In Center and Overnight Shelter which provides immediate resources to young people experiencing homelessness seven days a week. In addition, Senator Bennet toured 1440 Pine, our 40-unit Permanent Supportive Housing Project.
During the tour, Bennet heard how TGTHR plans to renovate and expand the Source with the $2 million he helped secure in the Fiscal Year 2023 federal funding bill, which passed Congress in December. Bennet also helped secure $2 million for TGTHR to provide supportive services at a 56-unit permanent supportive housing project for youth in Denver, 2700 Wewatta.
In addition to meeting with our program managers, three of our participants generously shared their stories with the senator and recounted their experiences at TGTHR, which he took a particular interest in.
“We are in the midst of both a housing affordability crisis and a mental and behavioral health crisis that places Coloradans — and especially young people — at an increased risk of homelessness,” said Bennet. “Organizations like TGTHR are leading the way by providing resources and support to those in need. I’m grateful I had the opportunity to tour their Boulder resource center, emergency shelter, and affordable apartments and hear how the $4 million we secured will enable them to expand their services and connect more young people with a stable, supportive home.”
“There were nearly 1,000 unaccompanied youth who experienced homelessness in Denver Metro last year, according to the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). That’s in Denver alone, and TGTHR serves young people from Denver up to the Wyoming border,” said Kristine Edwards, Chief Operations Officer, TGTHR. “We are diligently working to expand TGTHR’s continuum of services to prevent or end youth homelessness by connecting more young people with housing and supportive services as quickly as possible. We are grateful for the spotlight being shone on this critical work, and for this funding to support these youth.”
These wins for TGTHR are a true testament to the effectiveness of our programs. Thank you for being part of this movement. We are so proud that the innovation at TGTHR is being recognized at the state-level!