Denver aims to become to national leader in homelessness resolution

Denver strives to provide leadership that other policy makers look to in combating homelessness.
Why It Matters: Addressing the problem has gained renewed urgency in cities across the country over the past year as officials grapple with a growing uninhabited population and the need to maintain public safety during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Driving news: At a press conference Thursday in honor of the city's third sanctioned homeless campground at Regis University, Denver public safety director Murphy Robinson promised "plenty of safe outdoor areas to come," an investment he believes "set a precedent for the community." Nation "would create.
Based on two previous Capitol Hill locations (whose six-month leases have expired), it is clear that people affected by homelessness will benefit from links to "critical services, support, employment and housing," he said.
Context: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, who was initially reluctant to accept temporary city-approved campsites, is now an advocate, telling Axios in February that he was looking to see if they could work permanently - but he had to "at least three" See locations to be sure.
As of now, Denver has signed a $ 900,000 contract with Colorado Village Collaborative to support up to two temporary-managed campsites through 2021, and that agreement looks likely to expand.
Yes, but: Resistance remains among some residents living in areas where the sites were proposed, although there has been little turmoil in the places where they were established.
Park Hill residents filed a lawsuit against a near-opening Methodist church location that was recently kicked out of court.
The site was scheduled to open tomorrow, but it has been delayed between a week and 10 days to complete the installation of electricity and inspections, CVC chief executive officer Cole Chandler told Alayna.
What they say: "I don't think it will ever be easy to find a project that will provide housing services to people affected by homelessness. I think this is a sad state of our society," said Chandler. "But I have hope that the work we do changes the conversation and the opinions, hearts and positions of people on the matter."
Neighborhood support is "the key" to becoming a national model, said Robinson, "and we must - as neighbors - understand that these are our neighbors."
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