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2023 was a year of progress and expansion for Rocky Mountain Communities
Denver, Colo. February 8, 2024 – In 2023, Rocky Mountain Communities furthered its mission by growing its resident services capabilities and programs and working with partners to open a new affordable housing community in Colorado Springs and a new shelter in Denver. RMC’s team continued to showcase passion and dedication to support residents. — READ FULL STORY
Rocky Mountain Communities Hires Jessica Patterson as Vice President of Finance
Patterson brings more than 12 years of experience to the nonprofit housing organization
Denver, Colo. January 18, 2024 – Denver-based affordable housing nonprofit, Rocky Mountain Communities (RMC), has hired Jessica Patterson as vice president of finance. Patterson brings more than 12 years of experience in accounting, finance and low income housing to the organization.
“Jessica’s past experience in corporate environments with a focus on low income housing will greatly benefit RMC,” said Mark Marshall, CEO of Rocky Mountain Communities. “We are excited to have Jessica join our leadership team as RMC grows its portfolio to help house more families and individuals across the state of Colorado.” — READ FULL STORY
Rocky Mountain Communities Closes on Acquisition of Former Hotel to Lease to City of Denver to Serve as Shelter for Homeless Individuals in Denver
Purchase is part of Mayor Johnston’s House1000 initiative
Denver, Colo. November 30, 2023 – Denver-based affordable housing nonprofit, Rocky Mountain Communities (RMC), closed on the acquisition of the former DoubleTree Hotel in Denver’s Central Park neighborhood to provide a safe and warm place for those experiencing homelessness. Rocky Mountain Communities will lease the former hotel to the City and County of Denver in support of Mayor Mike Johnston’s House1000 initiative to bring people indoors and permanently close encampments. The building includes approximately 300 rooms, a commercial kitchen and laundry facility and will include an emergency shelter. The former hotel is located at 4040 Quebec Street. — READ FULL STORY
Rocky Mountain Communities Names Mark Marshall as Chief Executive Officer
Marshall was formerly Vice President of Real Estate for the organization
Denver, Colo. October 5, 2023 – Denver-based affordable housing nonprofit, Rocky Mountain Communities (RMC), has promoted Mark Marshall to chief executive officer. Marshall had been the vice president of real estate development for the past two years.
“Considering Mark’s breadth of experience in affordable housing, we know RMC will continue to thrive and grow under his leadership,” said Greg Litvak, chair of the board of directors at Rocky Mountain Communities. “Over the past two months, while serving as Interim CEO, and during his time as vice president of real estate development, Mark proved that he can strategically lead the organization in growing its portfolio while continuing to focus on what matters most, our residents, their health and well-being. We are excited for this new chapter for the organization.” — READ FULL STORY
Blog Post: Honoring the successes of our former CEO, Dontae Latson
By Mark Marshall, RMC’s Interim CEO
Our former CEO, Dontae Latson, recently left RMC for another opportunity, and we would be remiss if we didn’t shine a light on and honor all that he did to support RMC through the pandemic; how he set the organization up for current and future success; and how he supported our residents with unwavering commitment!
It has been my absolute pleasure and an honor to serve beside Dontae these past few years. While Dontae continues to expand his reach as a leader in the nonprofit industry, as Interim CEO, I’m proud to carry on the legacy of outstanding work that he put in place at RMC during his tenure at the organization. — READ FULL STORY
Affordable Housing Nonprofit Rocky Mountain Communities Hires Amritpal Byrd as Vice President of Property Management
Byrd brings 20 years of property management to the organization
Denver, CO, August 24, 2023 – Affordable housing nonprofit Rocky Mountain Communities (RMC), that owns and manages affordable housing communities across the state, has named Amritpal Byrd as vice president of property management. She brings more than 20 years of experience to the organization.
“Amritpal is a great addition to our leadership team and we look forward to her bringing her years of experience to the role to support our properties and communities,” said Mark Marshall, interim CEO of Rocky Mountain Communities. — READ FULL STORY
New Permanent Supporting Housing Community ‘The Commons’ Now Open in Colorado Springs (Press Release)
The Commons, a new Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) community for Veterans, families and individuals seeking stable housing, is now open in Colorado Springs. The first phase of The Commons includes 50 one, two, and three-bedroom apartment units for individuals and families experiencing unstable housing and who are in-need of clinical services. Sixteen percent of the units will be reserved for Veterans. The Commons is a partnership between Colorado Springs-based non-profit Homeward Pikes Peak (HPP) and Denver-based affordable housing non-profit Rocky Mountain Communities (RMC) — READ FULL STORY
RMC Celebrated its 30th Anniversary and Had a Milestone Year in 2022 (Blog)
2022 was a milestone year for Rocky Mountain Communities. We celebrated the organization’s 30th anniversary with a dinner to look back on our accomplishments over the past three decades and to honor Mr. Steve Barbier who helped found the organization. To support our residents, we secured 1,400 laptops and tablets to distribute in 2023 to lessen the impact of digital redlining, an issue I believe is of the utmost importance for our residents and others living in affordable housing communities. — READ FULL STORY
Resident Profile Series: Jesse Lopez
Navy veteran Jesse Lopez has known significant suffering in his life. In 1981, he became confined to a wheelchair and then lost his 23-year-old daughter in 2016. Despite these losses, Jesse finds ways to contribute positively to Rocky Mountain Communities’ Mountain Terrace apartments in northeast Denver, where he lives.
“Everyone’s my friend. I try to help out where I can,” says Jesse.
Originally from north Denver near Sloan’s Lake, Jesse has lived at Mountain Terrace for 10 years and says he knows most of the folks there.
“I’ve watched kids grow up here and come back with kids of their own,” explains Jesse.
Jesse lives in a two-bedroom apartment that he shared with his daughter until 2016 when she passed away. He says the staff at Mountain Terrace were very understanding about his desire to stay in that apartment despite it just being him.
“They understood this is where I lived with her,” says Jesse. — READ FULL STORY