The nonprofit Brothers Redevelopment will recognize Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and a number of other individual and organizational “housing heroes” during the agency’s 40th Anniversary celebration in October.
Suthers is being recognized for his efforts to support the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline, which is managed by Edgewater-based Brothers.
Suthers and the others will be recognized during “Opening Doors: Celebrating 40 years of Housing with Brothers Redevelopment,” from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Denver Merchandise Mart, located at 451 E. 58th Place. Comedian Josh Blue will headline the event, which will be hosted by popular KOSI 101 morning personalities Denise Plante and Murphy Huston, and feature a networking reception, dinner and a live auction of several artfully adorned doors and fun activities. The event is presented by Key Sponsors FirstBank and Pillar Property Services, LLC.
The cost is $65 per ticket.
In all, ‘Brothers’ will bestow six awards on key individual and organizational contributors, including:
- Sustainability Salute: Colorado Attorney General John Suthers -Since 2008, Suthers has been instrumental in sustaining foreclosure prevention counseling for thousand of homeowners across Colorado. Thanks to the efforts of the Attorney General and his staff, Colorado has received substantial funding via a settlement with a major mortgage servicer—the majority of which has been directed to fund the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline and its affiliate agencies. The Attorney General and his staff have also worked with housing counseling agencies across Colorado to alert consumers about the dangers and prevalence of loan modification and other mortgage-related scams.
- President’s Housing Preservation Award: Mennonite Housing Development Corp. - In 2010, the nonprofit Mennonite Housing Development Corporation donated $917,500 to Brothers Redevelopment to apply toward the purchase of the 81-unit William Tell Apartment complex—a federally subsidized independent living complex that houses low-income elderly and disabled tenants. In doing so, the MHDC helped Brothers Redevelopment preserve affordable housing in Central Denver.
- Local Government Champion: Sue Corbett, Brighton Senior Center - As the Director of the Brighton Senior Center, Sue Corbett has been the driver/champion for Brighton Help for Homes—an event that taps into the spirit of service that exists in the growing north metro community to annually serve up to two dozen low-income senior and disabled homeowners. Corbett works cooperatively with the staff from Brothers Redevelopment to coordinate the event–from fundraising to recruiting volunteers to enlisting and qualifying the senior homeowners who benefit from the program. Since 2005, Brothers has teamed with Corbett and the city of Brighton to help more than 140 homeowners save tens of thousands in minor, but essential, exterior home repairs.
- Outstanding Local Government Partner: City of Thornton -Since 2002, Brothers has served as the primary partner for the City of Thornton’s Help for Homes Program—an initiative that leverages federal Community Development Block Grant funds to assist the city’s low-income homeowners. With Brothers Redevelopment as the program’s primary contractor, more than 120 homeowners have received all manner of minor and emergency home repair—from water and furnace replacement to the installation of grab bars in bathtubs and showers. The successful program has turned into a model for several other metro area communities, including Northglenn, Sheridan, Westminster and others.
- Volunteer Vanguard: PCL Construction - For more than a decade, hundreds of employees from Denver-based PCL Construction have descended on the home of a Brothers Redevelopment Paint-A-Thon client to make significant improvements and save clients thousands in home repairs. Painting is but a portion of PCL’s contribution to the agency’s senior and disabled clients, as the construction crew also can be counted on to fix and renovate porches, replace siding, build fences and stair rails, repair windows and doors, fix gutters, improve the landscape, trim trees and shrubs, and haul away large items.
- Outstanding Foundation Partnership: Daniels Fund - Throughout its history, Brothers Redevelopment has been fortunate to find support from many caring foundations, including the Daniels Fund. Brothers Redevelopment has directed these funds to its Home Maintenance and Repair Program, an initiative through which the agency helps hundreds of clients with physical and financial limitations complete a variety of repairs that improve their in-home safety and mobility. Over the past decade, The Daniels Fund has served as the agency’s largest foundation partner—providing more than $300,000 in funding to help the agency fulfill its mission.
In addition to recognizing key supporters, Brothers Redevelopment will use the event to showcase an unprecedented level of service for Colorado’s homeowners. With the help of community and corporate sponsors and tens of thousands of volunteers,‘Brothers’ through four decades has met the housing needs of more than 83,000 low-income, elderly and disabled clients.
Today, ‘Brothers’ provides housing for more than 575 senior and disabled tenants at 12 independent living complexes in the metro area; provides home maintenance and repair to elderly and disabled homeowners to improve their in-home safety and mobility; oversee the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline; recruits thousands of volunteers to stage an annual Paint-A-Thon for seniors; and provides pre-purchase, reverse mortgage and default counseling to thousands of homeowners annually.
Collectively through these programs, the agency directly serves more than 4,000 clients each year. Through its efforts to preserve housing accessibility, affordability and safety, Brothers has become a highly credible partner for local officials looking address and overcome some of the region’s most pressing housing challenges.
Tickets may be purchased at Brother’s website at this link. The event’s Paint Brush-level sponsor is the Niesen-Borth Agency. Additional support for the event is provided by PCL Construction and the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority. Sponsorships opportunities also remain available. Call 303-202-6340 for more information.
Contact John Rebchook at JRCHOOK@gmail.com
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