The Denver Shared Space Project is a nationally recognized, public-private partnership that promotes best-practices in the creation and operation of shared space centers in Denver. Started in 2009 by the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships, Piton Foundation, and Urban Land Conservancy, the Project promotes the growing trend within the nonprofit community of applying a shared space model as a core operational strategy.
By positioning itself as a source for information, expertise, and targeted support, the Project is:
- Working to create new multi-tenant nonprofit centers;
- Providing information, tools, and forums for knowledge-sharing around creation and operation of shared spaces;
- Streamlining City and community resources to achieve strategic efficiencies in nonprofit facility investment;
- Facilitating a formal network of shared space nonprofit centers.
Urban Land Conservancy is a member of Mile High Connects (MHC): a partnership of private, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations committed to developing inclusive, affordable, and livable communities within walking distance of transit. We work collaboratively to ensure the existing and future transit system expansion enables all people to connect to the opportunities that can lead to a more affordable, better quality of life. MHC is focused on using transit to link people to the places they live, work, learn and play in a safe, convenient and affordable manner by:
- Increasing resources to build affordable inclusive communities along transit system.
- Influence policy to ensure that all people are involved and considered in urban and economic planning.
- Increasing resident engagement in neighborhoods directly affected by the expanding transit system.
- Leveraging the existing and expanding transit system to link affordable housing with jobs, schools, and health services.
- Working to make the entire transit system more accessible to residents of the Metro Denver region’s disadvantaged communities.
ULC key partners also members of MHC include:
- Enterprise Community Partners makes affordable housing happen, combining both financing and advocacy in a unique nonprofit mission. Enterprise’s parent organization gives our local efforts the power of national financial and policy resources that no one else can offer. Since 1993, Enterprise has invested over $200 million in grants and equity in Colorado to help community organizations create more than 7,400 homes for low-income Coloradans.
- The Denver Foundation helps people build charitable legacies that make a difference today and in the future. As Colorado’s oldest and largest community foundation, The Denver Foundation provides the expertise and leadership to help people give back to Metro Denver in ways that are meaningful — to them and to the community. The Denver Foundation granted $65 million to nonprofit organizations in 2009.
Neighborhood Development Collaborative (NDC) is comprised of nine Denver-based nonprofits providing a variety of housing counseling and economic development including creating affordable housing for low and moderate income persons and developing commercial office space for non profits and other users. Members include Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Colorado Housing Assistance Corp., Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corp., Denver Housing Authority, Denver Urban Renewal Authority, Habitat for Humanity Metro Denver, NEWSED Community Development Corp, Northeast Denver Housing Center, and Urban Land Conservancy.
We strive to initiate and support community development that can be replicated throughout the City and metro region. Additionally, we promote and enhance public awareness of the need for and nature of housing and related services for Denver’s most at risk residents.
ULC, Strengthening Neighborhoods – a program of The Denver Foundation, the City of Denver, community stakeholders and concerned residents in northeast Park Hill came together to create a planning and visioning process for long term reinvestment and redevelopment of Holly Square. This strong partnership including hundreds of residents was led by Strengthening Neighborhoods who guided the development of Good Neighbor Principles and the Holly Area Redevelopment Project (HARP) vision plan.
The West Colfax Business Improvement District promotes business expansion, investment, and development on West Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado. The BID offers its members high-impact programs and initiatives to stimulate the commercial corridor and neighborhood revitalization.
PLACE is the single unified voice of housing and community development practitioners who build, preserve, and maintain adequate and affordable housing and promote community development for low and moderate income families across the country. Our members are the expert end-users of federal, state and private housing and community development funding, leveraging various sources of capital to build and strengthen America’s communities.
Given a new environment of extensive government spending reductions and changing policy, PLACE is prioritizing funding and policy issues so that the concerns of housing and community development practitioners are clearly articulated, concise, actionable and with targeted advocacy efforts.