Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

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The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), established in 1984, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation seeking to help end homelessness in Colorado.[1]


The mission of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is to work collaboratively toward the prevention of homelessness and the creation of lasting solutions for homeless and at-risk people in the Denver, Colorado area. CCH advocates for and provides a continuum of housing and a variety of services to improve the health, well-being and stability of homeless people.

A major milestone for the organization was the opening of Stout Street Clinic located at 2130 Stout Street in Denver, in 1985 thanks to a $1.6 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Since the clinic’s opening and subsequent expansion in 2002, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless has become the main healthcare provider for the homeless in Colorado.[citation needed] The clinic includes psychiatric and substance abuse treatment, respite care, primary care, an eye clinic, a pharmacy, and a dental clinic.[citation needed]

At the Colorado State Capitol, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless successfully advocated for more than a dozen major legislative efforts aimed at reducing homelessness and expanding affordable housing.[citation needed] The Tax Check-off Homeless Prevention Fund, passed in 1989, raised over $1 million in its first five years.[citation needed] The 2008 Warranty of Habitability holds landlords accountable for providing safe, habitable residential properties and gives renters legal recourse when that minimum standard is not met.[citation needed]


The organization is funded by contributions from various foundations, organizations, and individuals.[vague][2] The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless received $1.9 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration to purchase Electronic Health Record systems.[3] In November 2009, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless received a $150,000 grant from the Daniels Fund for a program that provides hotel vouchers and supportive services for the homeless.[4]


CEO and president[edit]

John A. Parvensky, a lawyer, has been the President and CEO of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless since 1986.[citation needed] [citation needed] In his position, he directs the day-to-day activities of CCH and has overseen the development of over 1,400 affordable housing units in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area.[citation needed]

Parvensky is a member of Denver’s Commission to End Homelessness and Vice Chair of Colorado’s Interagency Council on Homelessness. He is a member of the National Health Care for the Homeless Board of Directors and a member of the community advisory board of JPMorgan Chase Bank. In April 2009, Parvensky was elected to a two-year term as president of the Board of Directors of the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH), the nation's oldest and largest homeless advocacy organization.[citation needed]

In 2002, Parvensky was awarded the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World Award.[5]

Other employees[edit]

Louise O. Boris is the Vice President of Programs.[citation needed] Elizabeth Cookson is the Director of Psychiatry.[citation needed] Tye Deines is the Director of Human Resources.[citation needed] Mary Lea Forington is the Director of Health Services.[citation needed] James Ginsburg is the Director of Substance Treatment Services and Housing First.[citation needed] Bette Iacino is the Director of Education and Advocacy.[citation needed] Dave Klimut is the Director of Housing Development.[citation needed] Michelle Lapidow is the Director of Mental Health Services.[citation needed] Terri Little is a secretary.[citation needed] Tim Marshall is the Director of Residential and Vocational Services.[citation needed] Stanley Eilert is the Vice President of Operations.[citation needed] Mark Miller Mastro is the Director of Rental Assistance.[citation needed] Dave Moore is Comptroller.[citation needed] Jennifer Perlman is Director of BART, DSOC and Community Resources.[citation needed] Susie Street is Director of Family Support Services and Renaissance Children's Center.[citation needed] Scott Strong is Director of Program Evaluations and Quality Assurance.[citation needed] Jerry Valdes is Director of Property Operations.[citation needed] Roz Wheeler-Bell is Director of Homeless Prevention/Rapid Re-housing.[citation needed] Jennifer N. Wilson is Director of Resource Development and Marketing.[citation needed] Judith Wilson is Medical Director.[citation needed]


Housing facilities operated by the Colorado Coalition of the Homeless, such as Fort Lyon in Bent County, Colorado, have been described as isolated. [6][7][8]

Honors and awards[edit]

Four of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless's housing properties—Renaissance at Loretto Heights, Renaissance at Concord Plaza, Renaissance at Civic Center and The Forum Apartments—have received national awards, from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Fannie Mae Foundation, among others.[when?][9][10][11][12] The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless was named as a "worthy cause" supported by the Season to Share program.[13][14][15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our History". Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Colorado Coalition for the Homeless: 2008 Annual Report" (PDF). Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "HRSA beefs up community clinic networks". Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Daniels Fund awards $5.5M in grants". Denver Business Journal. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Milestones 2001 to Present". Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  6. ^ Lydia DePillis (August 8, 2014). "Why Denver is trucking its homeless to the middle of nowhere". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 18, 2015. Early indicators of success aside, the reason the program at Fort Lyon exists is because of failure. For about 80 years, the former military base had been a neuropsychiatric facility for traumatized veterans, but closed in 2001 after proving too expensive to operate. After that, the state Department of Corrections turned it into a minimum security prison, but that folded in 2011 after transportation costs got too high, since medical specialists are so far away. Finally, Bent County partnered with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless to create a kind of treatment that would remove people from everything that had enabled their addiction in the first place, and stay there for an extended period of time... 
  7. ^ Tom McGhee (August 20, 2014). "Controversial Fort Lyon homeless facility sends alums into world". The Denver Post. Retrieved January 18, 2015. For the 202 residents, who may stay from 90 days up to two years, the graduations are an encouraging sign that the shelter's remote location and array of services will, over time, reduce homelessness in the metro area, said Joseph Parvensky, president of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, which administers the program. 
  8. ^ Kurtis Lee (April 21, 2013). "Some Colorado lawmakers skeptical about homeless bill backed by Hickenlooper". The Denver Post. Retrieved January 18, 2015. "It's a bit of the tail wagging the dog," said Levy, who voted against the measure. "So we're saying that there's a homeless problem, there's an unused facility problem. ... Let's round up homeless people primarily from the Denver metropolitan area and let's bus them down to Las Animas, and voila…, we've solved two problems." Levy said she hopes to look at the best ways to serve the chronically homeless and separate that issue from one of an underused facility in rural Colorado. 
  9. ^ "Our History". Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Milestones 1990-1995". Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  11. ^ "Milestones 1996-2000". Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  12. ^ "Milestones 2001 to Present". Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  13. ^ "Paige: Basket of Joy helps many who are hurting". Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  14. ^ "Pre-schoolers share tasty lesson of Stone Soup". Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  15. ^ "COLORADO BRIEFS". The Pueblo Chieftain. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 

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