Hope Communities is a nonprofit organization that offers individuals and families in greater Denver safe and affordable housing enriched by services. We believe that affordable housing is essential to providing a safe and secure foundation for individual and family growth. Our holistic approach provides more than affordable housing in an effort to build an engaged community.
Hope Communities’ History
Hope was founded in 1980 by Ray and Marilyn Stranske in the historic Five Points neighborhood, and has expanded to provide rental units in multiple neighborhoods in Denver. One of only 6 founding members of Enterprise Community Partners (a pioneering and nationwide affordable housing developer), Hope Communities has been directly involved in the creation of thousands of units of affordable housing for almost four decades.
While the development and operation of affordable rental housing has remained central to our work, Hope continues to add programs and services to assist residents and the greater community.
A community in which everyone has a safe place to call home and the resources they need to thrive.
We strengthen communities and provide pathways to economic and personal opportunity through affordable housing, robust programs and support services.
Respect. We believe that all people should be treated with respect and dignity. We appreciate and recognize the value that each person – whether a resident, employee, board member, vendor, community partner or donor – brings to our work and to the community.
Empowerment. We believe in the power of autonomy, self-determination and the efficacy of personal commitment to advancing personal and organizational goals. In keeping with these principles, we maintain an environment in which staff and clients have the ability to make decisions about their personal well-being and organizational direction as often as possible.
Inclusiveness. We value and embrace diversity in all its forms. We are intentional in our actions to hire, engage and serve individuals with diverse characteristics related to ethnicity, gender, socio-economic position, legal status, ableness and age – with particular attention to be representative of the communities we work within. We know that including various perspectives and experiences will make our decision-making stronger, the impact of our programs greater and the community richer.
Community. The celebration and elevation of ourselves, our families, our neighborhoods, our cities, and our world.
Collaboration. We believe we are stronger together than independently and that great things come from the blending of ideas and strategies. We greatly value partnerships, internal and external – as a means to leverage community resources, heighten impact and drive individual and community change.