Denver Mayor Michel B. Hancock and Denver’s Road Home will join representatives of BP Lower 48 on World Homeless Day to announce a $350,000 donation from BP to power local shelters by paying the electric and gas utility costs for the next 12 months.
“Each night, more than 1,700 people, on average, are accessing shelters in our city, and our goal is for those same shelters to be the front doors to housing and other resources that help them achieve stability,” Mayor Hancock said. “Thanks to this phenomenal donation from BP, our service provider partners will be able to take their heating and cooling costs and refocus those resources towards more and better services that empower shelter guests out of homelessness.”
Denver’s Road Home, the agency that coordinates services for people experiencing homelessness, will distribute the funds to contracted nonprofit organizations who provide warm, safe spaces for overnight lodging and other humanitarian assistance in Denver.
The donation comes after BP Lower 48 opened its new U.S. headquarters in Denver in September.
“As one of the nation’s largest producers of natural gas and a new member of the Denver community, BP Lower 48 believes this project is a natural fit and a great way to give back to a city that has been so welcoming to us,” said Laura Leffler, BP Lower 48 Chief of Staff and Head of Communications and Culture. “We are honored to support Mayor Hancock in this important project and committed to doing our part to help.”
“Thousands of people in need come through our Denver Rescue Mission facilities each day. Keeping the lights on and the rooms warm is just one of the things we do. This unique opportunity to partner with BP will make our funds go even further,” said Brad Meuli, President/CEO, Denver Rescue Mission.
“Having the significant expense of utilities donated ensures we can free up other funds to be more responsive to the critical needs of those we serve,” said Terrell Curtis, Executive Director, Delores Project.