Denver seeks public contributions on reasonably priced housing methods and homelessness options

The Denver Department of Housing Stability is seeking input from the public on how the city will tackle affordable housing and the resolution of homelessness over the next five years.

By next month, community members can complete a survey on strategic planning goals in four key areas: Resolving Homelessness, Housing Stability, Housing Opportunities, and Operations.

The survey asked residents whether they would like affordable housing and temporarily managed campsites for the homeless in their neighborhood. It also assesses their priorities for helping the homeless, reducing evictions, increasing home ownership, and more.

This is the final part of HOST’s five-year strategic planning process launched last year to tackle affordable housing and homelessness in Denver.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the Denver housing crisis, the city was struggling even before the pandemic began. In 2020, the city was home to a record 4,000 homeless people, and the cost of living rose sharply year-over-year.

HOST will use the survey results, in addition to input from several stakeholders, to develop its plan.

A first draft of the plan will be released for public review and comment later this summer before the final plan is submitted to Denver City Council for approval in November.

The community poll will be open until June 24th. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Vietnamese.

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