Grantee Spotlight: Boulder Housing Partners

Boulder’s high cost of living means that a family of four with one preschool-age child and one elementary-school-age child needs to earn $85,836 a year to meet basic needs at a minimally adequate level.

“With a median income around $28K for families living in our service-enriched housing communities, this means that families have a $58K gap in income just to meet basic needs, such as shelter, food, medical care, and childcare,” says Karin Stayton, Director of Resident Services, Boulder Housing Partners (BHP) Foundation. “Housing provides an ideal platform to help families access much needed services and programs.”
Indeed, BHP– a grantee of your Community Foundation – has been helping to fund critical services for BHP residents for nearly two decades. 
According to Karin Stayton, priorities of the City of Boulder housing authority include improving families’ quality of life, promoting economic stability, and closing the opportunity/achievement gap that can have a negative long-term impact on students from low-income households. BHP partners with more than 200 families and 75 local organizations to enrich parents’ and children’s lives and support their short-term and long-term goals. 
“We couldn’t do the work we do without financial support from the Community Foundation and others that share the goal of addressing inequities in our community, and supporting all community members – especially the most marginalized – to thrive,” says Karin. “We’re very grateful to be a grantee of the foundation. Together, we’re helping Boulder to be a stronger, more resilient, and more inclusive community.”
Specifically, funding from the Community Foundation provides families living in BHP’s highly affordable housing communities access to programs and resources that support economic and housing stability, health and wellness, education, and community engagement. Onsite community centers give residents easy access to computer labs, health and nutrition classes, parenting classes and groups, after-school enrichment activities, opportunities for civic engagement and volunteer work, employment support, and service navigation provided by a BHP Resident Service Coordinator. 
Karin reports that – in 2018 alone – 68 parent groups were held, giving parents and their young children the opportunity to strengthen relationships with each other, and engage in hands-on activities that promote children’s healthy and on-track development. Also last year, 100% of eligible 3- and 4-year-olds were enrolled in preschool, and 95% of seniors graduated from high school. That’s great news!
Learn more from the Colorado Center on Law & Policy about the Self-Sufficiency Standard in Colorado’s counties.