First Step Transitional Housing Program

Warren Village First Step | Celebrating 10 Years

Warren Village First Step has been funded by Denver’s Road Home since 2007, providing housing for homeless families with incomes between 0-30% Area-Median Incomes.  Click here for the Warren Village First Step Program Overview.  This year (2017) marks the 10th Anniversary for Warren Village First Step! 

  • First Step has a goal to house 28 resident households annually.
  • First Step has housed 370 residents since opening it’s doors in 2007.
  • First Step embraces a “two-generation” approach that provides opportunities for and meets the needs of children and their parents together.

 

What is Warren Village First Step?First Step logo

Warren Village First Step is a one-year transitional communal living program for women with children. First Step offers case management, life skills classes, volunteer opportunities and on-site staff to assist residents in achieving their goals towards self-sufficiency.

First Step is a Warren Village program in partnership with Denver’s Road Home & the Denver Department of Human Services.

Interested in learning more about First Step?  Contact Tori Ambrosio, First Step Program Manager at 303.477.3843 or vambrosio@warrenvillage.org

 

First Step Application Process & Programdenverhumanservices3DenversRoadHome

First Step conducts an intake interview, screening applicants for goals, motivation, criminal and drug history, as well as appropriate fit for community living. We cannot accept undocumented residents, people with violent criminal history or a history of sexual offenses. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and considered homeless.

HOUSING | Without safe, consistent and affordable housing, any other efforts at reversing the cycle of poverty are destined to fail.

FAMILY SERVICES | Our support services are the heart of our program. We provide the resources our clients need to change and improve their lives. Skilled and dedicated advocates help residents by providing education planning, career exploration and guidance, financial literacy skills and plans for long-term housing.

 

Who We Serve

Transforming Parents’ Lives. Improving Children’s Futures. We would not have the track record we do if it were not for the dedication of our clients. Applicants of our program must be committed to making changes in their lives. To remain in the program, they are expected to demonstrate consistent progress toward personal and economic self-sufficiency goals. What is expected of me if I become a Warren Village First Step resident?

 

First Step Expectations

You do not have to be working or attending school in order to apply at First Step, however you will be asked to obtain part time employment, school, or career-related training after moving-in.

The program also requires the following:

  • Meet with Family Advocate for case management on a weekly basis.
  • Part-time or greater status in work, school, or a career-related training program.
  • Attend two monthly on-site life skills classes.
  • Participate in community by attending monthly house meetings and completing daily chores.
  • Pay rent on time. Rent is 30% of gross monthly income or $25 for residents without an income. Rent paid goes into a savings account and is refunded upon move-out.
  • Complete 2-hours of community service per month.
  • Complete required monthly Status Report.
  • Submit to weekly, random urinalysis to ensure drug and alcohol free living.
  • Ability to live in a communal living setting/shared house.

 

Building the First Step Community Together

Our volunteers help provide the stepping-stones to self-sufficiency for our residents by offering life-skills classes, children’s programming, property beautification projects, healthy meals and in-kind donations. We appreciate the support and compassion that our volunteers have for our residents and for their effort in making a meaningful difference in ending homelessness.

Kohl’s A Team from Golden and Lakewood, CO has provided $5,500 in funds for programming and property improvements. In addition, volunteers have contributed over 200 hours to beautification projects and providing community meals.

In 2016, First Step has been recognized by the Jefferson County branch of 100 Women Who Care as an organization that makes an impact on the homeless community and was awarded $3,000 for program services.

First Step has been a host site for Xcel Energy Day of Service and Bethany Church.

Steps Real Estate has hosted Santa Night, Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner at First Step for 5 years.

 

Close to Home Colorado & Warren Village First Step:

Help us cheer on Sharell in achieving her goal of securing a safe place for her family to call home. Sharell has moved from homelessness to living in transitional housing at #WarrenVillageFirstStep, and is working hard to gain an elementary school paraprofessional certification. This will help her to land a job with a schedule that will allow the flexibility needed to care for her young sons while earning a living wage. Tell her – and the families and children that make up half of the metro area’s homeless – that you believe in their efforts and our collective ability to #MakeHomelessnessHistory. Warren Village First Step, proud to celebrate 10 years. #CloseToHomeCO#SpeakUp #TakeAction
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