Keeping Housing Affordable

Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) Colorado is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. The availability of affordable rental housing units is not in line with residents’ growing needs as rents escalate, the population increases, and Baby Boomers downsize. Compounding the problem is the risk of existing affordable units becoming unaffordable or outdated. […]


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2017 MHC Grant Fund

We are excited to release our 2017 grant guidelines. The MHC Grant Fund will offer small grants for effective, inclusive approaches to building healthy and prosperous transit-oriented communities and ensuring equity and opportunity for low-income communities, communities of color and other under-resourced communities in the Denver Metro Region. Specifically, we seek to fund efforts that will […]


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Climate Change, Equity, & Health

Denver Department of Environmental Health “Climate change is the greatest public health challenge of the 21st century”.  [1] Over the past decade, rapid climate change has become the most defining concern of the 21st century. Global emissions of climate-altering greenhouse gases (GHGs) are rising, along with the temperature of the atmosphere and oceans. As a […]


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Mile High Connects Awarded $1 Million From National SPARCC Initiative

DENVER, February 15, 2017 Mile High Connects today announced that Denver was selected to join the Strong, Prosperous, And Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC). SPARCC is a three-year, $90 million initiative that will bolster local groups and leaders in their efforts to ensure that, as major new investments are made in community development, they improve equity, […]


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Putting Resident Voice at the Center of Community Planning & Development

Mile High Connects has always put the needs of residents at the forefront of our work. As we have embarked on an ambitious agenda to increase private, philanthropic, and public capital for important community investments, we have maintained a commitment to finding innovative strategies for putting residents’ needs at the center of community investment decisions. […]


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MHC Steering Committee Seeking New Core Nonprofit Partners

What Are We Looking For in New Partners? As we prepare to embark upon development of a new four-year strategic plan, Mile High Connects is opening up this call for partners and is looking to invite two to three nonprofit organizations to newly join our Steering Committee, which serves as the decision-making and governance body […]


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Equity, Race & Place

In 2016, I had the opportunity to visit four different cities throughout the U.S. as a fellow for the The Funders’ Network PLACES Fellowship. I was fortunate to join a diverse cohort of social justice and philanthropic practitioners from a variety of foundations and organizations, including representation from Vancouver, BC. Minneapolis, Hartford, Phoenix, and Jackson, […]


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Moving Forward

On November 9th, I awoke and did not want to get out of bed. To be honest, with several weeks passing, I am only now beginning to be able to process the news without a feeling of deep depression. I am trying to sort out my own perspective. There are so many responses. I’ve seen […]


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Integrating Funders Into a Multisector Transit-Equity Collaborative

In the November 2016 the Foundation Review featured a number of articles from key players in Colorado’s philanthropic landscape, including the funder collaborative of Mile High Connects.  Integrating Funders Into a Multisector Transit-Equity Collaborative examines the efforts of Mile High Connects, its history, and how it uses a collective impact model to implement systemic change […]


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FirstBank: Investing in Affordable Housing, Good Jobs, & Public Transit

FirstBank has been a member of Mile High Connects since 2012. The Bank’s core values align with Mile High Connects priority areas: increasing access to housing choices, good jobs, and essential public transit. FirstBank supports affordable housing, both financially and through its innovative deposit and loan products. The bank has contributed to over 50 nonprofit […]


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