Having grown up in Adams County and raised her children as a single parent, Commissioner Henry knows full well what it means to overcome challenging situations. She knows what it’s like to struggle, to have a family member lose their job, to be one bad break from being homeless. Those trying times made her stronger and continue to inspire her work to improve the lives of residents across Adams County. Having overcome these challenges herself, Eva is a strong proponent of efficient human services to meet the needs of our residents, decreasing poverty through job and housing support and enhancing the resiliency of Adams County residents.
During her tenure, Commissioner Henry championed social justice through an investment of a modern facility, consolidating all human services agencies into the Pete Mirelez Human Services Center where residents can conveniently access services in a single location. She furthered the impact of this facility when she championed the addition of community nonprofits and a partnership with the Adams County Treasurer to expand the services provided and diversify the value of a single trip. Additional services now include affordable housing opportunities, family support, and no-cost tax preparation for low-income residents.
To complement the magnanimous Human Services programming, Commissioner Henry extrapolates a cumulative regional partnership through her creative ingenuity and regional relationships. Consolidation into the new Pete Mirelez Human Services Center left a large building vacant. Instead of demolition, Commissioner Henry was quick to leverage a partnership and transfer the deed to Unison Housing Partners. Full renovations for this building will conclude in an affordable housing complex to meet the needs of tiered aging populations. The first renovation will include transitional housing for youth aging out of foster care and will be completed with wraparound supportive services. The second development will encompass a multi-family village of all ages, and the third component will be structured for supportive senior housing. In all, this development will complement current programming and provide opportunities for people of all ages.
In her second term as Adams County Commissioner, Eva Henry furthered her successes through shaping and guiding policy. Looking out for the ever-diverse population is based on her belief that we all do better when we look out for one another. She cares deeply when speaking on behalf of residents of every walk of life who balance their needs with those of their loved ones. These values were instrumental in refining Adams County as an employer of choice and successfully championing equitable parental leave for employees regardless of gender, orientation, or race.
After being re-elected to the Adams County Board of Commissioners in 2016, Commissioner Henry continued the charge for equity on the following boards: transportation during the Denver Regional Council of Governments meetings, boundaries for noise with the Airport Coordinating Committee, additional affordable housing with the Unison Housing Partners, and workers rights and opportunities during Adams County Economic Development meetings.
While Commissioner Henry’s kids are now grown, she is a constant supporter of community involvement and continues her innovative creativity to develop numerous opportunities to boost social justice, amplify opportunities, and protect families.