In 2018, Attention Homes Saw:

161

youth who were formerly in foster care and aged out of the system

132

LGBTQ+ youth who stated family rejection as their reason for seeking shelter

190

youth who reported family breakup as their reason for seeking shelter

60

youth who had a prior experience of human trafficking/exploitation

Our Values

Attention: Caring for each individual’s needs, perspectives, and experiences
Homes: A community where all are welcome, safe, and invited to contribute
Resourceful: Thoughtfully responsive to ever-changing needs and circumstances
Authentic: Meeting people where they are with integrity and transparency
Hopeful: Live knowing that people can achieve regardless of barriers
Inspired: Facilitating growth, transformation, and leadership

Our History

Attention Homes has always been responsive to the evolving needs of youth facing homelessness in our community. In the 1960s, youth who couldn’t live at home because of domestic violence or family breakups were sent to detention centers for housing. Established in 1966 with the mandate to provide ‘attention, not detention’ to displaced youth, Attention Homes has served over 12,000 young individuals as they become healthy, productive members of our community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Attention Homes serves all genders ages 12-18 at the Qualified Residential Treatment Program; All genders ages 12-20 at the overnight emergency shelter; All genders ages 12-24 services at the daytime Drop-In Center; and all genders ages 18-24 at the Attention Homes Apartments

We can care for up to 16 youth in our emergency shelter (ages 12-20), up to 50 individuals at the daytime drop-in center (ages 12-24), up to 10 individuals at our residential program (ages 12-17), and up to 40 individuals at the Attention Homes Apartments (opening Fall 2019).

Attention Homes provides services without regard for ability to pay. All runaway and homeless youth services are provided free of charge.

Attention Homes serves individuals who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness for a variety of reasons. The most common contributing factors are a combination of abuse, neglect, family breakup, LGBTQ+ rejection, family poverty and homelessness, foster care history, health barriers (physical or mental), and substance use dependencies.

Each program has different rules and expectations for the young people accessing services. Youth in the residential program are required to attend school on a regular basis. Young people staying in the emergency shelter work with Case Managers to maintain employment, enroll in school, or start attending our GED program. Residents of the Attention Homes Apartments are required to abide the terms of their lease. All Attention Homes programs are substance and violence free.

30 of the 40 residents will originate from Metro Denver Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement System, OneHome. The remaining 10 residents will originate from a partnership with Boulder County for youth living within Boulder County who have exited the foster care system into homelessness. All tenants will complete an application to be reviewed by Ross Property Management. If they meet eligibility, they are placed on an initial wait list. When an apartment is available, the next applicant on the wait list is contacted to meet with the Attention Homes Case Manager and apartment property manager for screening and background check through Ross Property Management. Once approved, the new resident will start their move-in process.

In addition to providing a safe place for young people to get their basic needs met, Attention Homes provides supportive services and connections to the community-based supports people need on a path to independence and self-sufficiency. We offer employment assistance, education programs, long-term housing navigation, support and inclusivity groups, family coaching services, life-skills development, mental wellness support, and an array of individual and group activities.

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