As a leader in housing solutions across the Denver metropolitan area, Delwest is constantly innovating to address new challenges faced by its residents. Much of its philanthropic programming is funded privately by the company, and conducted in partnership with the city’s most respected nonprofits and small business owners to further amplify its impact.
THE EMPOWERMENT APARTMENTS AT GREYHOUND PARK
In May, 2021, the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) awarded Delwest 9% federal tax credits to build the 50-unit Empowerment Apartments at its Greyhound Park mixed-use campus in Commerce City. The development has been coordinated in conjunction with The Empowerment Program, a Denver-based nonprofit with an outstanding record of providing permanent supportive housing to cisgender and transgender women who are in disadvantaged positions due to incarceration, homelessness, poverty, illness, and/or involvement in the criminal justice system. The building is expected to open in 2024.
DELWEST COMMUNITY SUPPORT PODS
Delwest is the first affordable housing developer in Colorado, maybe even the country, to privately fund on-site educational support pods for any school-aged child in its income-restricted developments. Introduced in 2021 at Park Hill Station and Baker School Apartments, the Delwest Community Support Pods ensure our resident families and their children have the academic, emotional and nutritional support necessary to perform well – in school and beyond.
Millions of school-age children don’t have access to the internet or computers and are at a huge disadvantage. You cannot help but see how this is going to play out in society. Delwest is addressing the digital disparity at their affordable housing properties by offering Community Support Pods to families. We do not see the Community Support Pods as a short-term solution, it’s just the beginning.
COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINICS
During the early stages of the vaccination rollout, Delwest partnered with the Governor’s Office and the Colorado Department of Health to host a two-part, free clinic at Park Hill Station. One hundred residents from Delwest affordable housing developments – as well as community members who may have otherwise had a hard time accessing the vaccination – received the Pfizer two-part dose in a tented outdoors area in the early spring of 2021.
Food insecurity has always been a concern for community members with limited income. To help address the issue head-on, Park Hill Station has built and stocks a food and clothing pantry for its residents. In partnership with the Greater Park Hill Community Food Bank, Growing Home and Weecycle, Park Hill Station staff has also been able to source diapers, wipes, formula, toiletries, fresh vegetables and fruits, meat and pantry items.
Delwest also regularly provides food for children in its buildings, including packaged meals as well as after-school snacks, pizza parties and during any community programming offered.
HIGH LINE CANAL CRUSADERS
The High Line Canal Crusaders is a group of High Line Pointe residents and Delwest staff who get together regularly throughout the year to clean up and maintain parts of the beautiful, 70-mile High Line Canal Trail directly adjacent to the building. In partnership with the High Line Canal Conservancy, High Line Pointe was named a High Line Canal Steward in 2020 and is on track to maintain the title in 2021 and beyond. Click through to learn more about the High Line Canal Crusaders – and sign up to join us!
ANNUAL UNDERWEAR & SOCKS DRIVES
Each year, Delwest conducts underwear and socks drives at its market-rate buildings and corporate headquarters to benefit Clothes to Kids Denver. Hundreds of pairs of new underwear and socks are collected to supplement the apparel resources that Clothes to Kids provides hundreds of school-aged children in Denver.
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