Denver Housing First Collaborative (DHFC)
This project profile offers details about the Denver Housing First Collaborative (DHFC).
DHFC was created in 2003 by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to work towards the creation of lasting solutions for homeless families and individuals by integrating housing, healthcare and support services. CCH is the lead agency in the DHFC in collaboration with Denver Department of Human Services, Denver Health and Hospitals Association, Arapahoe Housing Substance Treatment, the Mental Health Center of Denver, and the Denver VA Medical Center.
As one of 11 programs funded nationally through HUD and the Ending Chronic Homeless Initiative program, DHFC seeks to provide disabled, chronically homeless individuals with supportive housing. DHFC has a capacity of 100, and it received 622 applications by its sixth month of operation. With a housing first approach, DHFC provides its clients with assertive community treatment (ACT) that includes services in integrated health, mental health, substance abuse and general support.
In 2005, CCH established a second Housing First ACT team to serve 80 chronically homeless individuals targeted to those with mental health and substance treatment issues living on the streets in Downtown Denver.