Who We Are

East Colfax Community Collective (EC3) is a community-driven, multicultural, socio-economically diverse advocacy organization comprised of residents, local businesses and nonprofits, and allies.

Mission

Our mission is to fight displacement and build collective power in our community to shape our own destiny.

Vision

Our vision is to be a multicultural community where low and moderate income residents and locally-owned businesses can thrive.

what we do

IMMEDIATE RELIEF

We provide direct assistance to neighbors and businesses at risk of displacement through our Housing Assistance Campaign, our East Colfax Legal Clinic, and our East Colfax Small Business Relief Fund.

HOUSING SOLUTIONS

We advocate for permanent solutions to the housing crisis grounded in the vision of our community.

COMMUNITY BUILDING

We create programs and events to build leadership, community connection, and pride in East Colfax.

SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT

We advocate for small businesses through support with licensing, permitting and landlord issues, among others.

COALITION BUILDING

We build power at the local, regional, and citywide level to advance equitable housing policy and community centered decision making.

POLICY ADVOCACY

We ensure that our communities have a voice in all policy spaces that impact our neighborhood.

CORE VALUES

COMMUNITY-DRIVEN: EC3 believes that outcomes are always better when those who are directly impacted make the decisions.

LANGUAGE JUSTICE: EC3 respects the voices of our community and believes that everyone has the right to speak for themselves and be heard in the language they choose.

EQUITY: EC3 values policies and practices that recognize that we do not all start from the same place and are designed to address the unique lived experiences and needs of each community.

INNOVATION: EC3 believes that the solutions to displacement are bold, new ideas that are rooted in our community.

POWER-BUILDING: EC3 believes that everything we do must be in the service of building power for our community.

BE SOLUTION-ORIENTED: EC3 believes we must do more than state the problem, we must drive the solution.

our Achievements

October 2019

EC3 ESTABLISHED 2019

The EC3 was formed in October 2019 out of the urgent need to build a representative voice of the East Colfax Neighborhood (ECN) to ensure that development plans that impact our community are driven by and protect our community from displacement.

2020

EC3 ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2020

We won more than 65 additions to Denver’s East Area Plan strengthening protections against displacement for East Colfax

We Launched our Housing Assistance  Campaign and have distributed over $628,863 in rental assistance and intervened to stop 36 evictions of largely  non-English speaking community members who could not access the program previously.

Our Small Business Relief campaign succeeded in creating the independent East Colfax Small Business Relief Fund and  we distributed  $38,000 in direct grants. We also assisted small business owners in navigating applications to bring in a total of $298,279 in COVID-19 relief grants to 52 Small Businesses in East Colfax

100% commitment to Language Justice: All EC3 community meetings are interpreted into 2 to 5 languages to ensure equal participation.

Board of Directors

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