The town of Denver is getting ready for what its leaders describe as a brand new strategy to homelessness.

“We have now a disaster on the streets,” mentioned Councilwoman At-large Robin Kniech at a gathering Wednesday. “We made a variety of guarantees throughout the (Initiative) 300 marketing campaign about what we had been going to do higher, and I believe we should again these up with assets.”

Denver voters lately rejected Initiative 300, which might have granted new rights for individuals to take shelter in public areas. The marketing campaign in opposition to the measure targeted on the concept that the town might “do higher.”

The town is making about $10.7 million out there for shelters to open new daytime companies and make shelters extra accessible. Six teams have expressed curiosity within the growth effort, in keeping with Chris Conner, govt director of Denver’s Highway Dwelling.

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“We’re difficult suppliers: How will we create shelters which can be 24/7?” Conner mentioned.

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As a substitute of scrambling for beds, individuals might be assigned beds for longer intervals. As a substitute of waking up at daybreak, they might be allowed to remain throughout the day and retailer belongings on the shelters. And the shelter system might loosen its strict schedules, making it simpler for working individuals to get in at off-peak hours. Extra particulars in regards to the revamp are anticipated within the months forward.

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The town additionally will rearrange its administration of homelessness packages as a part of a brand new housing division. Beforehand introduced by Mayor Michael Hancock, it’s anticipated to launch in January 2020 beneath Chief Housing Officer Britta Fisher. The town auditor has described the present system as “fragmented and understaffed.”

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