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News from the Department of Housing Stability

June 30, 2021 / Comments (0)


July Announcements:

Public Meeting for Stay Inn Acquisition July 1
The City and County of Denver will host a public meeting to discuss Mayor Michael B. Hancock and U.S. Rep Diana DeGette’s plan to acquire the Stay Inn hotel and turn it into housing for persons experiencing homelessness. The project will require $2 million in federal funding. If approved, the federal funds would contribute to the city’s purchase of the 95-room hotel located at 12033 E. 38th Avenue. Once complete, the converted hotel would first be used as a shelter for approximately 24 months and then converted into supportive housing for more than 150 residents. The virtual public meeting will be from 6 to 7p.m. on Thursday, July 1 and can be accessed at https://bit.ly/2Sijp4q Meeting ID: 816 9689 8961 or at One tap mobile: +17209289299,,81696898961# US (Denver).

Real Estate Opportunity: Hotel/Motel Properties
The Department of Housing Stability and City of Denver Real Estate team are seeking expressions of interest from property owners to sell hotels, motels and/or multifamily properties to the city and/or its partners. The city desires to receive expressions of interest only from qualified potential sellers. The properties to be acquired must meet these specific qualifications as outlined in the Request for Expression of Interestwith proposals due by August 15, 2021.

Mobile Showers & Laundry Launch at Civic Center Park
Denver Parks and Recreation has partnered with local nonprofit Showers For All to provide free laundry services and showers Mondays and Thursdays at Civic Center Park through the end of June.  The Showers For All mobile trailer provides two full-service bathrooms and multiple washers and dryers to deliver a critical service to those struggling with homelessness and poverty by providing access to a place to take care of their personal hygiene. Showers For All is an initiative of the Dignity Project, a Denver based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Showers For All is supported by individual donations that can be made by visiting  www.showersforall.org.

Regis Safe Outdoor Space Site Dedicated
Community members, HOST staff, and partners attended a dedication of the new Safe Outdoor Space (SOS) site at Regis University on June 10. Denver Deputy Mayor Murphy Robinson gave remarks, as did Colorado Village Collaborative Executive Director Cole Chandler, and Regis University President, the Rev. John P. Fitzgibbons. The 19,000-square-foot SOS facility is located in parking lot 6 on the University’s Northwest Denver campus. It is open through December 2021. The site will offer 24-hour staffed and secured shelter for up to 60 people, who are screened and selected by service agencies. The facility will offer residents shelter, beds, food, wellness checks and assistance for finding permanent housing. The SOS located at Park Hill United Methodist Church also opened this month, with room for up to 40 residents.

New Public Restroom Opens Downtown
The Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) has opened a new fixed public restroom on Champa Street just off the 16th Street Mall, considered a first-of-its-kind for Denver. The restroom is now up and running as an amenity for all those who visit the area. The facility, with its colorful and inviting blue wrap, offers a convenient and safe facility for all to use. It has an attendant to keep the unit tidy during operational hours from 6:00am to 10:00pm Monday through Sunday, as well as touchless handwashing, an internal, self-cleaning and disinfectant system, and space to queue – all critical features during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Groundbreaking Behavioral Health Solutions Center Opens
First responders and mental health organizations have a new referral option in the City and County of Denver created specifically for people experiencing a behavioral health crisis. The Behavioral Health Solutions Center houses Denver’s first multifunctional facility offering a three-tiered approach to help address the well-being of all residents, removing barriers and improving care coordination while promoting equity in the mental health and substance misuse care systems, both critical components of behavioral health. Operated by the Mental Health Center of Denver (MCHD), under contract to the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE), the Behavioral Health Solutions Center is located at 2929 West 10th Avenue in Denver’s Sun Valley neighborhood. The 28,741-square-foot Solutions Center will provide urgently needed services and options to help people recover from a behavioral health crisis by offering brief inpatient stays on the first floor, transitioning to treatment of up to thirty days on the third floor.

Schomp Subaru Community Care Kits  
Schomp Subaru partnered with area nonprofits to distribute 1200 kits for persons experiencing homelessness. The kits, which were distributed on June 28th, contained items such as such as socks, various sanitary products,chapstick, sunscreen, shampoo and conditioner, toothbrush and toothpaste, and more. Schomp partnered with St. Francis Center, Aurora Warms the Night, Aurora Mental Health Center, Mile High Behavioral Healthcare, and Comitis Crisis Center to distribute the kits.

In Person Hiring Fair!
Denver Workforce Services is hosting its first in-person hiring fair on July 1. Where: Grand Hyatt Denver – 1750 Welton Street, Denver – This is an in-person event!
When:  10a.m. to 1p.m. Thursday, July 1 (Veterans only from 10am-10:30am)
Parking: FREE limited parking at hotel
Jobseekers can expect: 
•    Sign on bonuses at most companies
•    On the spot job offers
•    On the spot interviews
•    Prizes!
•    Entry level positions
•    Executive level positions

Job Seekers: Register here.
Employers: If you are an employer interested in participating in this FREE event or want more information, please click the link below to reserve a table, space is limited! Registration closes June 29.
Register here.

Denver Receives Additional $27M in Federal Rental Assistance
The City and County of Denver has received $27,274,556.20 in additional federal Emergency Rental Assistance program (ERAP) funds, made possible by the American Rescue Plan Act. This is the second allocation of ERAP funds awarded to Denver, providing the city with a total of $49,159,548.30 to help support households that are unable to pay rent and utilities. Launched by the U.S. Department of Treasury, ERAP supports low- and moderate-income households with funding that can be used for rent, rental arrears, utilities and home energy costs, utilities and home energy costs arrears, and housing stability services, including case management and other services intended to keep households stably housed. To learn more, visit denvergov.org/housing. 


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