What makes Urban Peak unique from the other nonprofit organizations serving youth experiencing homelessness?
While there are other organizations in the Denver area that serve youth who are experiencing homelessness and do aspects of what Urban Peak does, Urban Peak is the only not-for-profit organization in the Denver metropolitan area that provides a full convergence of services for youth ages 15 through 24 including a 40-bed shelter for youth ages 15 through 20, a daytime drop-in center, transitional housing, education and employment services, case management, life skills courses, mental health evaluations, meals and more.
Is Urban Peak a part of the county or city of Denver? A branch of a larger not-for-profit organization?
Urban Peak is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. Urban Peak is not a division of any city or county entity, and is not a part of any national organization serving those who experience homelessness. Urban Peak maintains another location in Colorado Springs which operates as a separate 501(c)(3).
What population does Urban Peak serve?
Urban Peak serves youth ages 15 through 24 who are currently experiencing homelessness or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless (i.e. couch surfing with friends, soon-to-be exiting foster care, etc.) There is no one entry point for the youth we serve nor is there any requisite knowledge or skills the youth need to access our services or classes.
How do I access Urban Peak’s services?
There is no one set entry point at Urban Peak. Participants can access Urban Peak through any of our programs depending on the youth’s individual needs and goals. Some participants first learn about Urban Peak by visiting our Drop-In Center, some are referred directly to our Shelter by a friend, family member, school counselor, etc., while others learn about Urban Peak by meeting one of Outreach counselors on the street. No two journeys at Urban Peak are the same.
Please visit our ‘Contact Us’ tab to reach the appropriate member of our team. A staff member will return your inquiry within two business days. If you are a youth ages 15 through 20 in need of immediate overnight shelter services, please contact 303-974-2908 or 9-1-1 if you’re in an emergency situation.
Where are you located?
Urban Peak maintains several properties throughout the Denver metropolitan area, including an administrative office, overnight shelter, a daytime drop-in center, and three transitional housing/apartment complexes.
Our administrative office is located blocks away from Downtown Denver in the growing Five Points district, across the street from the Spot, which is home to our Drop-In Center, Education & Employment department, and Outreach offices. Both buildings are located at 21st and Stout.
Urban Peak also operates an overnight shelter for youth experiencing homelessness ages 15 up to age 20 in southeast Denver. The Shelter is located at 1630 S. Acoma Street in Denver.
Does it cost anything to access Urban Peak services?
Most Urban Peak programs and services are free of charge. Only our transitional living programs have a client cost associated with them. Those that are accepted into one of our transitional will work with a housing case manager to reach an agreed upon rental fee which is generally based on a percentage of the client’s earnings.