Youth and Family Services
Early Childhood Education
Denver Housing Authority offers access to quality Early Childhood Education in many of its housing developments. DHA partners with organizations such as Catholic Charities, Rocky Mountain SER, and Mile High Montessori to provide Head Start and Metropolitan State College of Denver for Denver’s Family Literacy Program on-site for neighborhood children.
- Head Start prepares children for kindergarten by enhancing their social and cognitive development through educational, health, nutritional, social, and other services.
- Head start is available at Quigg Newton, Sun Valley, Mariposa, and Columbine.
- Family Literacy Program emphasizes learning within a family context, enhances the relationships between parents and children, and strengthens parents’ roles as supporters of their children’s education. This program offers four comprehensive home- and school-based literacy programs:
- Family Literacy Program is available at Quigg Newton and Mariposa.
Denver Housing Authority partners with community based agencies to provide access to after school and summer programming for at-risk youth.
- The Bridge Project strives to help children and youth living in Denver’s public housing neighborhoods to achieve their academic potential and graduate from high school with the resources necessary to succeed as adults. They strive to be the best built bridge, the premiere program offering excellent After School, Adult, Summer, and Scholarship opportunities.
- Westside Learning Center offers afterschool and youth services to residents of Westridge Homes.
The Youth Employment Academy (YEA) at DHA provides mentoring, education classes, employment and training services which assist in addressing the educational, job readiness and career exploration goals to low income youth between the ages of 16 to 21. Support is available for youth with special learning needs.
For more information about the Youth Employment Academy, call 720.956.3833, click the Youth Employment Academy tab and/or select the Service Coordinator tab to contact the staff at the site you are interested in.
DHA’s Service Coordinators are able to assist you with the following and much more:
- Computer Classes
- Homeownership Classes
- Dental Services
- College Applications
- Credit Management
- Budgeting Assistance
- ESL Classes
- Opening a Bank Account
- and much more!
Tapiz and Mariposa
DHA Resident Community Service Program
Section 512 of the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998 requires that all non-exempt adult public housing residents must perform community service activities or participate in an economic self-sufficiency program to remain eligible for public housing assistance.
All non-exempt adult residents must do one of the following:
- Contribute eight (8) hours per month of community service (not including political activity)
- Participate in an economic self-sufficiency program for eight (8) hours per month
- Perform a combination of both for eight (8) hours per month
Volunteering must be done at a non-profit organization. These include, but are not limited to:
- Schools, head start programs, and daycare centers
- Thrift stores
- Boys & Girls Clubs
Residents over the age of 18 who meet one of the following are exempt from DHA’s community service requirement:
- 62 years of age or older
- Blind or disabled
- Primary caretaker of a blind or disabled individual
- Engaged in work activities (including employment, work experience programs, on-the-job training, job search, job readiness assistance, vocational/trade training, job skills training)
- Exempt from work activity or under any other state welfare program
- Resident household members of a family receiving assistance, benefits, or services under a state program
- Pregnancy–exempt up to six months after birth
- Death of an immediate family member
- Under the care of a physician
For more information about the Community Service program or to ask a question, please call 720-956-3811
Aging in Place
Referrals, resources, and activities are provided by DHA’s Service Coordinators to DHA’s senior and disabled residents of designated sites. Referrals and resources include, but are not limited to:
- Medicare and Medicaid
- Arthritis Foundation
- Avoiding Identity Theft
- Fraud Seminars
- Health S.E.T Medical Check-ups (free of Charge)
- Safety Resources
- Leadership Training
- Food Commodities
- Free Meals
- Clothing Banks
- Supportive Services