What is Urban Peak?
Urban Peak is an organization that offers its services to run away and homeless youths. Such services include housing referrals and options; reunification services and family counseling; referrals for alcohol/drug treatment and counseling; referrals for psychiatric guidance services; recreational and educational groups; transportation assistance; assistance in acquiring birth certificates and identification cards; mentorship program; financial aid and scholarship opportunities; educational planning and counseling; GED classes; work skills placement, training, and assessment; street outreach; medical clinic onsite; intensive case management; daily services which include showers, laundry, hygiene products, clothing, and food; and overnight shelter.
Urban Peak Programs
Established in 1988, Urban Peak has two locations: Denver and Colorado Springs. Drop-in services and street outreach are handled by trained counselors, whose goals include building relationships and developing trust with youths, encouraging these youths to go to Urban Peak, providing them with exhaustive case management, and connecting them with various community resources.
A transition program is also offered to homeless youths so that they become independent and responsible. Housing and supportive services are provided by Urban Peak for at-risk and homeless youths. The organization has three housing units serving the youths: Rocky Mountain Youth Housing, Star Housing, and Rowan Gardens.
Rocky Mountain is a program of the Denver Department of Human Services and Urban Peak, which aims to provide case management and transitional housing to aging out and homeless youths. It can accommodate at most 35 youths, aged 16-23. A youth can stay in the housing facility for 18 months where he is taught to independent living skills and sustainable housing so that he will lead a stable life in a supportive community. Majority of the youths in the program are in either school or working. Most of them choose to live in their own apartment within the community when they finish the program.
Star Housing, on the other hand, caters to youths with substance addiction and mental health problems. The facility is run in cooperation with The Council on Substance Abuse and Mental Health, offering health care, employment and education training, intensive treatment for mental illnesses and addiction recovery, and personalized case management.
Rowan Gardens Housing is a facility for homeless youths, which have mental illnesses and physical disabilities. Health care, substance abuse and mental health treatment, employment and education training, and personalized case management are offered in the housing facility.
Family Unification Program is for young adults, aged 18 to 22, who have aged out from the Department of Human Services custody. It offers transitional housing in order to bridge the gap between independent living and social services.
Urban Peak Denver
730 21st Street
Denver, CO 80205
Urban Peak Colorado Springs
423 E. Cucharras Street
Colorado Springs CO 80903
Urban Peak Denver Shelter
1630 South Acoma
Denver, Co 80223