Reflections from leadership
Maiker Housing Partners’ commitment to socially conscious community development is about more than owning, operating and building affordable housing. It’s about people.
When I reflect on the past year at Maiker, while I celebrate the groundbreakings, grand openings, partnerships and awards our team celebrated, what resonates with me most are the people, the heartbeats that drive our mission, both Members, Maikers and our Adams County community members.
2021 was a year of housing with heart and humanity at Maiker. While the housing market presented shockingly high average rents, sky rocketing rental renewal rates and tragically, eviction rates that are returning to pre-pandemic levels, finding and securing an affordable home is hard and it’s getting harder every day. In response we at Maiker led with heart – creating systems that recognized our members’ humanity. When we put people at the center of our decision making analysis, we found that the vast majority of Maiker member tenants were laser focused on navigating the ongoing impacts of the pandemic; we were inspired by their determination, resiliency and hope. This inspiration and influence manifested in Maiker looking inward, first asking ourselves how we can gain the trust of our members—to best serve our community.
In 2021, Maiker Housing Partners remained steadfast in our commitment to creating safe and sound spaces where everyone belongs. As we look to the future, we are excited to continue this commitment through innovative strategies and unique partnerships that will make Adams County a more affordable place to live a life of vibrancy.
Because all people deserve housing with heart and humanity.
As I reflect on the work of Maiker Housing Partners in 2021, I think of the word compassion.
Amid the ongoing hardship of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maiker team remained committed as ever to keeping Adams County residents housed—always treating our community members with warmth, understanding and grace. This compassion was best exemplified through the grand opening of Caraway—my personal 2021 Maiker highlight. The development of Caraway has helped to fill the gap of essential affordable housing in Adams County, especially for youth aging out of foster care.
I had the opportunity to speak with two young people who had recently aged out of foster care and moved into Caraway. They expressed their gratitude for having a place to call home after finishing high school and beginning their next chapter. As they shared their stories, I felt the impact of effective, intentional nonprofit and government partnerships. When we combine our resources, hearts and expertise, we can make a difference for the people who call Adams County home. I look forward to another year of working with compassion with Maiker Housing Partners.
Our Core Beliefs
Creating a space where everyone belongs.
When the statewide eviction moratorium ended in 2021, some Colorado housing developers began evicting tenants who were struggling to pay rent due to financial hardship. Maiker had a different approach. In partnership with the Colorado Eviction Defense Project (CEDP), Maiker supported housing stability by providing pathways to legal assistance for individuals who received a court summons for eviction. CEDP intervened in legal processes by negotiating more time and rapidly completing and processing rental assistance applications. This partnership exemplified Maiker’s commitment to identifying new and creative solutions to ensuring housing is available to all Adams County residents.
In 2021, Maiker partnered with Kids First Health Care to open a weekly, bilingual pediatric health care clinic at Alto Apartments in Westminster. The clinic provided primary and preventative care services for children and youth up to age 21, including well-child check-ups, sports physicals, vaccines, sick visits, reproductive health care and more. Patients did not have to be members of a Maiker community or have insurance to receive care. During a time of increased anxiety surrounding community health, the Kids First clinic provided essential healthcare services to support family wellbeing.
In 2021, Maiker partnered with the Senior Hub to provide food boxes, home cleaning supplies and pet care items to aging community members living at five of our communities in Adams County. The Senior Hub delivered 150 boxes to each of these five properties per month, providing essential items to support aging Maiker members. This partnership ensured our members who were at risk of severe infection from COVID-19 would have access to the resources without having to put themselves or their loved ones at risk.
The Gathering Place is located between Alto Apartments and Terrace Gardens in Westminster.
The Completion of Caraway
Following the 2020 launch of the Adams County COVID-19 Short-Term Rental and Mortgage Assistance Relief Fund, Maiker expanded the program in 2021, distributing over $7.6M in rent and utility assistance to keep families in their homes during the pandemic.
Maiker Community Member
Board of Commissioners Spotlight
In February 2021, we welcomed Dawn Davis to the Maiker Housing Partners Board of Commissioners. Davis, President of the North Metro Area for First Bank, has been an active member of the Adams County community for years. As a former foster child and long time advocate for under resourced youth, Davis channels her passion into the community by serving on the Executive Committees for both CASA of Adams and Broomfield Counties and Adams County Regional Economic Partnership.
Davis has brought her working knowledge of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program, Private Activity Bonds and other information related to compliance regulations for affordable housing to her role as Commissioner. More than her professional expertise, however, Davis has enriched the Maiker board with her empathy, altruism and an authentic passion for the Adams County community.