Brothers Redevelopment, Inc.

Established in 1971, Brothers provides safe, affordable, accessible housing and housing services for the low-income, elderly and disabled of Colorado through five key programs: Affordable Housing Perseveration/Development, Home Maintenance & Repair, Paint-A-Thon, Housing Counseling and Colorado Housing Connects Helpline, the regions only housing help line and service of its kind (coloradohousingconnects.org).

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Aging In Place

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens

Description

Serving the aging population of colorado

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Evidence of Program's Success

Colorado Housing Connects

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Disabled, General or Disability unspecified
Families
Military/Veterans
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

Colorado Housing Connects was implemented in July 2014 and will be a viable housing resource that connects Denver metro residents, both renters and homeowners, to a central access point - via telephone helpline and website - to information education and appropriate referrals that relate to their housing needs that are already available to their community. When a call is placed to the helpline, a Call Center Representative (CCR) identifies the caller's need and helps them navigate potential solutions and creates a plan of action. Once a clear path is determined, the information for the appropriate community housing resources is shared and the caller is transferred to the respective agency.

Brothers Redevelopment will directly promote Colorado Housing Connects and the Denver Metro Fair Housing Center's mission by providing residents with access to fair housing education and resources, helping to reduce discrimination and increasing the likelihood that a family has safe and decent housing. Project priorities are: (1) Rental housing counseling; (2) Homeownership and foreclosure prevention counseling; (3) Address aging housing stock as it relates to minor repair, rehab and accessibility modifications; (4) Identification of potential housing discrimination; (5) Assist senior and special needs populations and (6) Promote community housing resources, leverage funding and disseminate educational information.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Quantifiable results will determine the success of this program.

Property Management - Affordable Housing

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Disabled
Families
Military/Veterans

Description

Brothers Redevelopment provides affordable housing for low-income senior and disabled residents at 13 Denver-area independent living complexes.

Designed for individuals seeking to retain their independence and live among their peers as they transition from single family housing, our apartment homes offer privacy, safety, and comfort for qualified seniors. Federally subsidized and using guidelines administered by the U. S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), many of our properties have frost-free refrigerators, off-street parking and laundry facilities, patios, balconies, exercise and community rooms, libraries, computer labs and more.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Success is evidenced by occupancy rate

Home Modification and Repair

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizen
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Disabled
Military/Veterans
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

The Home Modification and Repair Program provides home repairs for low-income, senior and disabled homeowners who could not otherwise afford to make these much needed repairs. By utilizing hundreds of volunteer hours, Brothers can help contain costs and offer low-income, seniors and disabled homeowners' affordable options to commercial contractors.

The Home Maintenance and Repair Program coordinates home repairs that improve safety, structure or in-home mobility for homeowners who meet low-to-moderate income guidelines. Clients cannot afford the cost of market-rate repairs and thus are living in potentially dangerous situations. Jobs range from painting home exteriors, building wheel chair ramps, widening doorways for accessibility to the entrance, common areas, kitchen and bathroom modification, installation of no-skid strips in bathtubs, replacement of door knobs and faucets with lever ones, adding handrails to both sides of staircases and stair glides. The services provided through our Home Maintenance and Repair address many of these home health care needs of the low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners in the Denver metro area, which consists of the following counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Boulder, Denver and Douglas Jefferson.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Success is measured by the number of clients served and percentage of client satisfaction based on client evaluation results. Testimony to our program success is that Brothers continues to get referrals from former clients served. Brothers Board of Directors and staff meet on a regular basis to assess client needs and trends and ensure that the services provided by Brothers are making the desired impact. Brothers has been able to secure partnerships with local government entities, foundations and corporations and continues to strategically identify potential partnerships. Brothers has also been able to identify areas that need assistance, and gone into those areas, based on information received in the evaluation process.

Paint-A-Thon

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Disabled
Military/Veterans
Physically Disabled nec
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

Since 1978, the Paint-A-Thon has been Brothers' signature event in the community. Seniors and disabled homeowners must meet income guidelines and be unable to afford a commercial painter. Community-minded sponsors provide funding and labor comes from hundreds of civic-spirited volunteers who paint the exterior or a senior's home at no cost to the homeowner.

This event has become a national model and has been replicated in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, El Paso and San Antonio.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Success in evidenced by the number of clients served and the number of volunteers that return year-after-year to participate in this event. Brothers continues to get referrals from former clients that have been satisfied with the services they have received which in itself speaks highly of the success of this program. This is an ongoing program and in the past few years we have experienced a greater demand for the type of services we provide.

Housing Counseling

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Families
General Public/Unspecified
Military/Veterans

Description

As a HUD-certified agency, we provide first-time homebuyers with the information they need to understand the homebuying process. Through workshops and one-on-one counseling, the first-time homebuyer is acquainted with everything from finding a lender and understanding the interest rate, through signing the contract and maintaining their investment. We also provide default counseling for homeowners who have fallen behind on their payments and reverse mortgage counseling for senior homeowners who wish to access the equity of their homes while still living there. All sessions are provided in Spanish and English.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Success is evidenced by the number of clients counseled and the number of homes saved from foreclosure.

Colorado Foreclosure Hotline

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Families
General Public/Unspecified
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

The Colorado Foreclosure Prevention Hotline is a collaborative effort by government, industry and community groups to present a unified front in combating the growing problem of foreclosures in the Colorado single-family residential market.

The Colorado Foreclosure Hotline was established as a public-private partnership. Discussions began in late 2005, and in 2006, the State's Blue Ribbon Panel on Housing composed of various housing industry and government professionals, identified a foreclosure crisis on the rise. The panel also identified the effectiveness of HUD-approved housing counseling, and acknowledged that a unified network of such agencies would be essential in combating the foreclosure problem. The Colorado Foreclosure Hotline was created as a central point of contact for homeowners in danger of foreclosure and as a means for connecting those homeowners to a HUD-approved housing counseling agency in their community.

Brothers Redevelopment, a 501(c) 3 HUD-approved housing counseling agency, was awarded the bid to implement, manage and administer the foreclosure hotline in the State of Colorado. Brothers Redevelopment houses the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline call center, phone system, and staff, while 26 independently-operating HUD-approved housing counseling agencies are networked by the toll-free number (877-601-HOPE).

The method of providing housing counseling has been the mainstay of pre-purchase counseling; and as foreclosure numbers have risen, counselors have seen their caseloads shift from pre-purchase to post-purchase. The Hotline is also available to consumers who are not in foreclosure but are inquiring about safe and secure ways to finance a home purchase or address a mortgage issue.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Since its inception, the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline has received more than 168,000 calls, with an average of nearly 100 calls each day. Additionally, they have maintained their success of assisting four out of every five individuals undergoing housing to avoid foreclosure. These efforts significantly impact not only those homeowners who are facing a financial challenge, but also the overall economic health of the State of Colorado. Housing counseling saves homebuilders, realtors, lenders and homeowners tens of thousands of dollars with each avoided foreclosure.

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