Denver’s Fight To End Homelessness Needs More Funding

DENVER (CBS4) – Denver’s fight to end homelessness is need of more funding to continue providing services.

A city contract with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless could be extended if the city council approves the allocation of $350,000. The bill was introduced at Monday’s city council meeting.

The 10-year plan is called Denver’s Road Home and it’s one program within that plan that is looking for more funding.

The 16th Street Housing Placement Program works to support substance abuse programs, mental health care and even housing for the homeless.

“It’s part of the city’s 10-year plan to end homelessness and to meet the needs of those who are chronically homeless; the services are a critical part,” councilwoman Deborah Ortega said.

Funded with money allocated to the Denver Human Services Department, the 16th Street Housing Placement Program works to move the homeless from the streets and long-term, help them stay off the streets.

“This is an annual allocation that assures the service side of the programs are being met,” Ortega said.

Services include mental health support and substance abuse programs and housing. The program touts a $30,000 savings per person in emergency care like detox services and jail time.

Specifically the $356,000 needed will make for a total of about $1 million in support for the program. The money will be used for equipment and supplies, outreach workers, travel and other expenses.

The costliest item that the budget will pay for is a clinical case manager at $156,000.

A second reading for the bill will be presented to the city council next Monday. If approved the contract with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless would extend through Dec. 31.

LINK: Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

  • Adam Aberle

    I have been working with the homeless for approximately 10 years on a part-time basis. I have done everything from work at the Denver Rescue Mission, Crossroads, and even the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.
    There is no question that homeless severices are under funded and consequently quite often under staffed.
    Here is the question I pose to whomever might be able to answer it:
    Last year, or perhaps the year before, Denver was one of three cities across the United States who were given federal grant money to literally offer any homelss person regardless of wheter they were a drug addiict, alcoholic, or had a mental illness,a place to live, food to eat and the services they needed would then follow.
    This grant money was given to whoever runs the YMCA downtown, who has I believe over 600 plus units to house people in.
    To the disday of those of us who keep up with the homeless issues here in Denver and elsewhere as well, that grant money was pulled because the YMCA was giving favoritism to veterns.
    If we are going to address the homeless problem at all, we can’t be discriminatory when it comes to who we offer services to.
    That being said, I would certainly hope that if this bill does pass, the Coalitian won’t fall into the same situation that the YMCA did.

  • Ladel Mack

    I believe these men should have a privilige of being housed, they gave there life to this country, the least we can do is give them a place to rest there heads for all that they have done, given and what they stand for… HERO’s

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