Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

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Stout Street Eye Clinic

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Homeless

Description

The Stout Street Eye Clinic provides eye health services to over 1,500 homeless children and adults with over 4,000 optical visits each year. Services include, but are not limited to the treatment of medical problems affecting the eyes such as diabetes, hypertension, glaucoma, cataracts, retinopathy, macular degeneration and eye diseases that cause blindness. In a typical year, the Eye Clinic orders over 1,500 pairs of glasses. All services are provided with no fees or copays for the uninsured patient. All optical supplies are donated from the community including lenses. Sixty out of sixty-two Eye Clinic staff members are volunteers.

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Evidence of Program's Success

100% of children and adults needing glasses, receive them
100% of children and adults with eye disease get appropriate treatment

Housing and Supportive Services

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Homeless

Description

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) housing programs serve homeless and at-risk families and individuals throughout Colorado. CCH has developed more than 1,600 units of affordable housing for more than 2,300 people on any given night.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Denver Housing First Collaborative provides services and housing for chronically homeless individuals with disabilities. An evaluation of the first two years of the Collaborative found that for persons entering the program with an average of 7 years of homelessness each:
- 77% of program participants initially housed are still housed in the program
- 50% of participants have improved their health status.
- 43% of participants have improved their mental health status
- The number of participants enrolled in the program for 24 months who are using emergency services such as hospitalization, substance inpatient treatment, detox or jail has decreased by 60% since enrollment in program, saving taxpayers $31,545 in emergency service costs per participant.

Stout Street Health Center

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Homeless

Description

Stout Street Health Center (SSHC) opened in August 2014. This landmark property will build on the success established at Stout Street Clinic in 1985 in the heart of downtown Denver. Nationally recognized for its provision of healthcare to the homeless, the clinic's wide range of services includes comprehensive primary medical, prenatal, pediatric, vision and dental care, mental health psychiatric services and a pharmacy.
SSHC has the capacity to serve an additional 3,000 homeless neighbors each year, who were previously turned away. The health center serves more than 100 people and fills more than 700 prescriptions each day.
We provide an extensive range of services from well baby to immunizations for children, women's health services from breast health screenings to breast cancer diagnostics, comprehensive diabetes management for homeless adults, glaucoma screenings, psychiatric evaluations and treatment, root canals and crowns for homeless adults-only to name a few-at no cost to the uninsured client.
In addition to an increased capacity, SSHC has developed a fully integrated healthcare services model where doctors, nurses, physicians' assistants, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, pharmacists, mental health care providers, outreach workers, substance treatment counselors and case managers will work side by side in the same space to deliver high quality care to each patient.

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Evidence of Program's Success

SSHC is the only healthcare facility in Denver exclusively serving the homeless population. SSHC receives local and national recognition on an annual basis.

Renaissance Children's Center (eligible Child Care Tax Credit)

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Homeless
Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Description

A donation to our childcare center may qualify for the 2016 Child Care Contribution Tax Credit Certification.

Established in 1999, Renaissance Children's Center (RCC) is four star Qualistar rated Early Childhood Education and child care center. The center has earned the highest Qualistar rating every year since 2005 and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. With 65 child care slots targeted for homeless and low-income families, RCC is one of the few remaining early childhood education centers to serve low income and/or homeless families. Many providers no longer accept child care subsidies.

RCC made a difference for 135 children and their families in 2015. RCC is in the top 3% of Colorado child care centers that have been awarded accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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Evidence of Program's Success

At the end of the school year, all children are reading at grade level or above and many children are invited back to the Gifted and Talented Summer School Program.
RCC has received funding from the City and County of Denver to train other child care providers in the dynamic RCC curriculum.

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