Reflections from leadership
Belonging isn’t something that we can create on our own, it takes all of us working together for Maiker to develop communities where our members feel safe to grow within and come home to.
It’s a unique phenomenon that’s hard to describe, difficult to come by and liberating to find. Belonging is the product of many minds, moments, decisions and actions that come together to make someone or something feel safe and sound.
Maiker Housing Partners strengthened the foundation for belonging within our culture and communities in 2022. This commitment began with the launch of our strategic plan—created to inform and elevate the work we do in partnership with Maiker members, staff and Adams County community leaders over the next three years. The plan provided us with an actionable framework to more effectively put our mission into practice.
2022 also ushered in a major win for housing access when Colorado voters passed Proposition 123 creating Colorado’s first affordable housing fund. This legislation, which Maiker advocated for alongside housing organizers across the state, will create more spaces for belonging by providing additional funding for affordable housing and planning in Colorado.
There were also the moments when Maikers took time out of their day to acknowledge and celebrate the unique talents and strengths that our team brings to the table. These moments have been foundational to building the sense of belonging within our culture. Belonging isn’t something that we can create on our own. It takes all of us working together for Maiker to develop communities where our members feel safe to grow within and come home to.
I was honored to build a strong foundation for belonging alongside my team at Maiker in 2022.
Each time I attend a ground breaking or a ribbon cutting for a Maiker community, I’m reminded just how impactful this organization is for our community.
Maiker Housing Partners develops community with compassion. This organization sets itself apart from other housing developers because of its commitment to building authentic connections with the Adams County community members it serves. As a demonstration of their commitment to connection, Maiker facilitated several renovation projects in communities across the County in 2022. These projects are intended to respond to resident feedback, enhance the quality of life for longtime members, and support the community’s comfort and safety for years to come.
Serving as Maiker’s Board Chair over the past several years has been an incredibly rewarding experience. As someone who has experienced homelessness, I understand how hard it can be to find stable, affordable housing that truly feels like home. Each time I attend a ground breaking or a ribbon cutting for a Maiker community, I’m reminded just how impactful this organization is for our community. Maiker is making a difference for the people of Adams County. I look forward to continuing my board service to support these difference makers in the years ahead.
Our Core Beliefs
Creating a space where everyone belongs.
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.
In 2022, Maiker partnered with Growing Home and Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County (ECPAC)to launch Community Voice For Action – a one-of-a-kind community organizing training institute. Community Voice For Action exists to build collective power to advance the rights and interests of Maiker and Adams County community members. Participants learn the fundamentals of community organizing so that they can take collective action and become the decision makers on issues including economic justice, affordable housing, tenants rights, food access and more. We look forward to continuing to grow this program in 2023.
The economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic left many Coloradans struggling to find a job, pay rent and keep up with everyday expenses in 2022. Rising rent and inflation only served to exacerbate the financial pressures of the post-COVID era. To keep Maiker members housed, we continued our strong partnership with the Colorado Economic Defense Project to operate an Eviction Diversion Program that offered financial, legal and supportive services to residents facing eviction.
1,385 Housing Choice Vouchers provided homes for members
Casa Redonda Renovations
In early 2022, Maiker started renovations on our senior community, Casa Redonda de Vigil. All 42 units were fully renovated with new kitchen cabinets, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, tile backsplashes, glass shower doors, new paint, new flooring and new fixtures across each unit. Additionally, Casa Redonda de Vigil’s clubhouse received an ADA lift, upgraded kitchen, bathrooms, laundry facility and leasing office. These renovations were top-of-mind for the Maiker team to ensure all members are happy and comfortable in their homes. All renovations are set to be completed in 2023.
Crossing Pointe South Groundbreaking
Crossing Pointe South broke ground on March 3, 2022 and the ground breaking was live streamed for all community members. Crossing Pointe South is the second and final phase of Maiker’s multigenerational community located in the Thornton Crossroads station area and will serve families earning between 30% and 70% of Area Median Income. Crossing Pointe South will follow Zero Energy Ready Homes and Enterprise Green Communities Certification to ensure energy savings and comfort for members. All 142 units are scheduled to be completed by 2023.
Caraway Grand Opening
Caraway celebrated its grand opening with members, key stakeholders and the Maiker team on April 21, 2022. Caraway is Maiker’s first adaptive reuse community, serving residents making between 30 to 70 percent of the area median income. Twelve of its 116 apartment units are reserved for youth aging out of foster care. Members from Caraway attended the celebration and enjoyed food, music and were gifted one-of-a-kind art posters inspired by the community.
Historic Splendid Valley
In February 2022, Maiker closed on a total of 32 acres of farmland in Brighton for a first-of-its-kind residential farm community concept. Located in a historic farm district, this community will offer lower density housing units and small acreage farming for residents to grow food and flowers on various community gardens. Maiker also purchased two water shares to provide water supply for farming irrigation.
The world is so big. If some of these resources can be brought into our community so people can see outside of here, that would really make a difference. We can’t make things better if we don’t speak up and know how to advocate for ourselves.”
Shelley, Community Ambassador for Orchard Crossing
Board of Commissioners Spotlight
Brian was born in a military hospital in Germany where his parents were stationed in the United States Air Force. They returned to Colorado when he was two years old and later on graduated from Heritage High School. After attending Kenyon college, Brian moved to Washington, D.C., where he served as an aide in the White House during the Clinton Administration. He then earned his law degree at the University of Colorado Law School. Brian was elected as the 17th Judicial District Attorney in Colorado in 2020 and is serving his first term. Brian’s professional experience and vision for the community are a great asset to the Maiker board.