Friends of DHA is a nonprofit that raises funds to support self-sufficiency programming for the Denver Housing Authority’s (DHA) Resident & Community Services Department (RCS).
MEET FRIENDS OF DHA!
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Denver Community Ventures, we are excited to share with you that our 6-year-old nonprofit organization has been renamed Friends of DHA. The essential funding provided by Friends of DHA helps to sustain a wide variety of current programs and supports gap-fill of needed services delivered directly to residents in and around DHA’s affordable housing communities.
We believe that the rebranding of the organization more effectively aligns our ongoing fundraising activities with the Denver Housing Authority and the thousands of residents we seek to assist in reaching their goals for independent living.
DOING MORE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LESS
Since the early 1990’s, the Denver Housing Authority (DHA) has provided self-sufficiency programming for its residents with two main goals:
Help people move out of poverty and on to economic independence
Provide services to help the aging and disabled remain in their homes without the need for assisted living or long-term care.
As the need for these services is increasing, traditional funding sources are decreasing dramatically. In addition, most funding for these services is restricted to residents of public housing properties only, with few resources for those with Housing Choice Vouchers (formerly known as Section 8 housing) and even fewer for low-income households not fortunate enough to receive a housing subsidy.
Friends of DHA formed as a nonprofit in 2011 to support the programming of DHA’s Resident & Community Services Department, which has four focuses:
AGING IN PLACE
Each of these core areas focuses on promoting possibilities – for families to learn to live on a budget, for seniors to have access to health services, for children to succeed in school, and for neighbors to work together to advocate for their community. Friends of DHA is charged with pursuing new avenues of funding, to expand these services to more households both within and outside of DHA’s subsidized housing properties, and to create new opportunity for more people throughout the Denver metro area.