Denver asks for public suggestions on the 5 Yr Plan to Fight Homelessness | information
The Denver Department of Housing Stability released a draft of its five-year plan to tackle homelessness on Wednesday and urged Denver residents to provide feedback on the plan.
The plan consists of 14 goals for the city to achieve by 2026, as well as strategies and tactics to achieve the goals:
- Build and maintain 7,000 houses
- Receive 950 restricted income rentals
- Creating fair access to housing that meets the needs of residents offers the opportunity to increase their wealth through home ownership and to improve their quality of life
- Ensure that residents rarely experience homelessness, and if they do, it is only brief and one-off
- Measurably end homelessness for veterans
- Reduce Unprotected Homelessness by 50%
- Increase in the number of people leaving the shelter from 30 to 40% and families from 25 to 50%
- Reduce residents’ average length of homelessness to 90 days
- Reduction of eviction actions by 25%
- Increase in the number of households cared for in resettlement and support housing programs from 1,800 to 3,000
- Help fight gentrification with measures that prioritize affordable housing for residents at risk or involuntarily displaced
- Give residents a choice of when and under what circumstances to move or stay in their homes and neighborhoods
- Increasing home ownership among low and middle income households, with a focus on black, indigenous and colored households
- Reduce contract and lead time
“With homelessness on the rise and more than a third of Denver residents struggling to keep up with housing costs, it is important that we continue to prioritize our citywide commitment to affordable housing,” said Britta Fisher, Department of Housing Stability. “This plan describes how our work will continue to be person-centered, trauma-informed, data-driven, and culturally engaging.”
The final plan will guide how the Department of Housing Stability invests resources and creates guidelines related to housing stability and homelessness, Fisher said.
From 2010 to 2017, the number of homeless residents in the greater Denver area fell from 8,752 to 5,116, according to annual surveys. But since 2017 that population has grown, reaching 6,104 in 2020. Of these homeless residents, 1,561 are not housed.
The draft comes after Mayor Michael Hancock named tackling homelessness as his top priority in his last two years in office during his speech on the state last month.
In the address, Hancock said he will increase homeless shelters, including hotel and motel rooms, tiny home villages, managed homeless camps, and secure parking.
In addition, Hancock said the city will expand housing vouchers, rental and utility grants, eviction protection programs and affordable housing, and put $ 28 million in federal restoration money into Denver’s Affordable Housing Fund pending city council approval.
“We will continue to use every tool available to free thousands of people from homelessness over the next two years, including those living in the most unsafe and unhealthy conditions on our streets,” said Hancock. “We know what works and we will do more and better.”
The public feedback poll is available at denvergov.org and can be answered by September 3rd. 24 at 5:30 p.m.
After the public review phase, the department will finalize the plan for submission to the city council in November.