Friends of DHA is a nonprofit organization established to support the Resident & Community Connections Department of the Denver Housing Authority (DHA). It was originally established as Denver Community Ventures. In 2017, it created a certified trade name of Friends of DHA.
The essential funding provided by Friends of DHA helps to sustain a wide variety of current programs and needed services delivered directly to residents in and around DHA's affordable housing communities.
Since the early 1990's, the Denver Housing Authority (DHA) has provided self-sufficiency programming for its residents with two main goals: to help people move out of poverty and on to economic independence, and to provide services to help the aging and disabled population remain in their homes without the need for assisted living or long-term care.
As the need for these services is increasing, traditional funding sources have decreased dramatically in recent years. In addition, most funding for these services is restricted to residents of public housing properties only, with few resources for those with Housing Choice Vouchers (formerly known as Section 8 housing) and even fewer for low-income households not fortunate enough to receive a housing subsidy.
Friends of DHA fulfills their mission through five core focus areas of programming:
1. Community Building
3. Economic Self - Sufficiency
4. Aging in Place
5. Digital Inclusion
Each of these core areas focuses on promoting possibilities - for families to save for homeownership, for seniors to have access to health services, for children to succeed in school, for neighbors to work together to advocate for their community, and for all households to increase access to information and technology to bridge the digital divide.