We came out of the experience as a stronger organization.
In March of 2020, our team went through a big change. It’s probably not the one you’re thinking about.
On March 1st, we changed our name from Unison to Maiker Housing Partners. The name change ushered our organization into a new era that would evolve our team, structure and vision into the future. The process gave us the opportunity to realize our shortcomings, reevaluate our goals and strengthen our values. We came out of the experience as a stronger organization.
When COVID-19 hit two weeks later, Maiker was uniquely positioned to meet the moment. We knew how important it was to keep our community strong. We knew that the months ahead were going to be unpredictable and unprecedented, but, most importantly, we knew the Maiker team was up for the task.
It was an incredible privilege to work with a team so wholeheartedly committed to keeping our communities safe and sound over the past year. Each and every day, Maikers showed up to ensure our members and their neighbors were able to stay healthy, safe and stable in their homes during a time of incredible hardship.
As we look to the future, I am confident in Maiker’s ability to meet more challenges while staying humble, hungry and smart. With a passionate, dedicated team, we can achieve our goal of making Adams County a better community for all.
The past year has taught us so much.
The COVID-19 pandemic intensified the housing crisis in cities and towns across the country. Here in Adams County, the Maiker team went above and beyond to keep our community members housed and healthy through an incredibly tumultuous time. I am proud to be a part of an organization that not only builds the buildings, but ensures the end results are warm, inviting and safe homes for those in the greatest need. This work was particularly salient in 2020, and remains of critical importance as we move past the pandemic. The past year has taught us so much. At Maiker, it has shown us that our team can truly meet the moment and bring about real change for Adams County.
As of April 2021, the funds have distributed $3,866,871 to 930 households, serving 2,790 people.
Our Core Beliefs
Creating a space where everyone belongs.
As part of the Adams County COVID-19 emergency response and recovery strategy, Maiker partnered with Adams County to create the Adams County COVID-19 Short-Term Rental and Mortgage Assistance Relief Fund. The fund began with an initial investment of $300,000 from the Adams County Foundation and grew to include funding from the CARES Act and other local sources. In partnership with the County, Maiker coordinated distribution of the funds to provide emergency, short-term rental and mortgage assistance to households that are most vulnerable to eviction or foreclosure.
Municipalities in Adams County: Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Northglenn and Thornton
In order to effectively distribute COVID assistance funds, Maiker strengthened our partnerships with municipalities across the county. We worked closely with Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Northglenn and Thornton to determine applicant eligibility to ensure the fund was available to as many county residents as possible. When we had a thorough understanding of the CARES Act qualifications, we collaborated with these municipalities to open eligibility up to every resident of Adams County regardless of immigration status. Once we made this distinction, the state and other entities followed suit.
Colorado Legal Services
To help solve disputes between landlords and tenants during the COVID-19 crisis, Maiker facilitated a one-of-a-kind partnership with Colorado Legal Services, the 17th Judicial Court of Colorado and Tschetter Sulzer Attorneys at Law to create the Rapid Settlement Program. This program used the combined expertise of these organizations to create long-term payment plans and solutions to keep people housed and landlords solvent.
Absolutely amazing! Cannot thank them enough for helping my family and I get through this tough time with COVID by paying all of the rent we owed to our apartment complex and the month coming up making us 100% back on track…Thank you again! Words cannot begin to express our gratitude.”
Bree Schlattman, Maiker community member
Board of Commissioners Spotlight
After over a decade of service, Robert Deuschle is wrapping up a successful tenure on Maiker’s Board of Commissioners. Deuschle brought extensive financial knowledge from his 32-year career at First Bank to the board. Today, he raises capital for commercial investments, focuses on commercial real estate and helps businesses get restructured and reestablished with banks as a managing member of Cato Capital.
Deuschle played a pivotal role in positioning Maiker as a financially and organizationally strong housing authority. He was a devoted board member whose passion for his community, commitment to our vision and immense financial expertise will be greatly missed. Thankfully, Deuschle will continue volunteering his time on Maiker’s development committee. We look forward to seeing what he will continue to achieve for Adams County.