Who We Are


Thanks for wanting to learn more about MDHI. We're glad you're here. Here's a little bit more about us and what we believe in. 


Leading and advancing collaboration to end homelessness in our region.


Dedicated to everyone in the metro region having a safe, stable place to call home.


We're committed to core values that bring people home:

  • Inclusive: Honoring the dignity of people with lived experiences of homelessness as partners in identifying solutions to homelessness
  • Collaborative: Harnessing the power of collaboration to achieve systemic solutions to homelessness
  • Innovative: Fostering flexible and creative responses to the complexity of homelessness
  • Informed: Using data to address inequity, guide decision-making, allocate resources, and improve accountability
  • Bold: Providing courageous leadership that honors our commitment to end homelessness

Metro Denver Continuum of Care (CoC)

MDHI is the Metro Denver Continuum of Care (CoC), which is a regional system that coordinates services and housing for people experiencing homelessness. This work includes street outreach, emergency shelter, transitional housing, rapid rehousing, prevention and diversion, and permanent supportive housing.

MDHI works closely with each county in our continuum (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson), building a homeless crisis response system aimed at getting people stably housed as quickly as possible. That's the core of what we believe - housing is the solution to homelessness. 

More of the Fine Print

Keep reading to find out a little bit more about the nuts and bolts of MDHI.

Our History

Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI) was formed in 1994 to coordinate service and housing assistance available from organizations throughout the metro area. MDHI brought together 70 organizations, including homeless service and housing providers, local and state governmental agencies, foundations, mental health centers, neighborhood groups, and people with lived experience of homelessness to develop a Continuum of Care (CoC). With support from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other public and private sources, MDHI has since become a regional leadership body coordinating resources and services, identifying needs, and disseminating evidence-based practices to end homelessness. 

Governance Structure

Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI) coordinates and supports the Metro Denver Continuum of Care (CoC), a multi-agency collaboration focused on ending homelessness in the seven-county Denver metropolitan area. The CoC brings together public and private organizations to provide an array of homelessness prevention services, housing placement assistance, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing for persons who are experiencing homelessness or at risk.

MDHI Bylaws (Updated June 2019)

MDHI also leads the process for the annual HUD CoC NOFA application. Each year, MDHI convenes a series of meetings for stakeholders to identify local service gaps and funding priorities. Identified priorities are used to develop a comprehensive application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Since its inception, MDHI has brought in over $100 million in grants for the Denver metropolitan area.