First Step Transitional Housing Program

What is Warren Village First Step?First Step logo

Warren Village First Step is a one-year transitional living program for single women and women with children.  First Step offers communal housing, case management, on-site life skills classes, volunteer opportunities and on-site staff to assist residents in becoming self-sufficient and obtaining permanent housing. We have 7 units for families and 6 units for single women.

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

How do I apply?denverhumanservices3DenversRoadHome

To apply, an applicant must be at least 18 years of age and considered homeless. The initial step in the application process is different for the single women versus the women with children.

  • Single Women: Must be working with a case manager in the Housing Stabilization Program at The Gathering Place (303.321.4198). All single women are referred by this program.
  • Women with children: Should call the Warren Village First Step office at 303.477.3843 to set up an intake/application appointment.

Can I be denied at Warren Village First Step?warren village first step

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.

How much does it cost?

Rent at First Step is 30% of gross monthly income, or $25 if a resident has no income . Utilities are covered with the monthly rent. As a benefit to all residents, all rent paid goes into a savings account, and will be refunded upon move-out.

What is expected of me if I become a Warren Village First Step resident?

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 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
  • Complete 2-hours of community service per month
  • Complete required monthly paperwork (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

First Step Gift-In-Kind Donations

First Step is currently seeking volunteer groups to prepare move-in baskets for new residents. The women and families move to First Step from vulnerable environments. Moving to First Step is more than just a bedroom. It is one year of stability that allows for personal growth; that often starts with just the basic needs being met.
Move-in baskets could include:
• Laundry basket/ Rubbermaid storage container
• Large (not travel size): shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shaving gel, lotion, tooth pastefirst step pic
• Razor
• Toothbrush
• Detergent
• Hangers
• Shoe Organizers
• Twin sized sheets (new)
• Towels (new)
• Washcloths (new)
• Alarm Clock

First Step Volunteers Needed

Volunteering with Evening Childcare (ECC) at First Step is a fabulous way to interact with kids. First Step has anywhere from 5-12 kids in ECC on every Tuesday night from 6:30-8pm. Children at First Step range in age from 8weeks old to twelve years old. Volunteers are there to help supervise the kids in activities, make crafts, play games, or even just make giggling faces with the babies. This is a wonderful opportunity to volunteer with children where you can develop a relationship since the community is close-knit and you will see the same smiling faces week after week.

First Step Evening Childcare needs some help with cleaning and reorganizing! It is hard to teach kids how to put toys away in the proper space, when things are not labeled! We are looking for a group of volunteers (6-8 people) who love a good organization project.
Ideas for the day:
• Sanitizing all toys
• Purging games & puzzle with missing pieces or dried up play-doh and paints
• Labeling shelves and toy baskets
• Sorting books to categorize in age appropriate areas
• Systematizing craft supplies
• Scrub down of tables, chairs and walls
• Creating a “need list of craft supplies”