Aurora Innovative Housing Symposium 6.11.18

Post authored by James Gillespie - Community Impact and Gov’t Relations, Mile High Behavioral Healthcare

 

When it comes to housing, Colorado is at a tipping point. Pick up any form of local media and words such as “crisis,” “bubble,” “homelessness,” and “gentrification” crown the headlines. Indeed our state is in crisis. But in the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”

 

Mile High Behavioral Healthcare and the Comitis Crisis Center are launching the first in a series of symposia focused on bringing innovative approaches to housing from Colorado and across the nation that are being employed to address the lack of affordable and accessible housing. We all need a safe place to call home and, given the way we have traditionally approached what a “home” is, it is clear that there exists a real opportunity to step back and innovate our approach to housing by highlighting “out-of-the-box” housing solutions.

 

Our series launch will be on Monday, June 11th from 9:00am-11:00am at the Aurora Municipal Center inside of the City Council Chambers. Concepts presented include: tiny homes (https://www.coloradovillagecollaborative.org/), the congregational land campaign (https://www.denverite.com/whos-got-whole-bunch-land-nothing-churches-51577/), land trusts (https://www.urbanlandc.org/), and EarthinBlocks Homes (http://www.earthinblocks.com/index.html).

 

Additionally, the Close to Home Campaign (http://closetohomeco.org/) will be highlighted. Though this symposium seeks to focus on housing solutions, the deeper goal is to rally our communities together to open minds around innovation so that each and every individual in our community, and their families, will have access to safe and dignified housing.

 

Please join us for the first in a series of symposia and be inspired by the creativity and innovation that is driving housing providers to create and adapt new solutions to address the affordable housing crisis.  

 

The event is free and open to the public. Seating availability is limited to the first 300 guests.  Please RSVP here: jgillespie@mhbhc.org

 

All the best,

James

 

Materials: Event Flyer and Press Release