Mayor Johnston Shares Update on 2023 Budget for House1000

Published on September 12, 2023

Denver Mayor Mike Johnston today announced that funding for House1000, the Johnston administration’s coordinated citywide response to the homelessness crisis, is expected to total approximately $48.6 million in 2023. The funding covers hotel purchases, micro-communities, rapid rehousing, and the accompanying wrap-around services needed to ensure successful outcomes.

“I’m excited to share our plan to pay for our initiative to get 1,000 Denverites of the streets and into housing,” said Mayor Mike Johnston. “As we continue to work tirelessly to deliver on this goal, we know how to pay for it, and we know how to do it with existing resources.”

Funding Amounts

Specifics on where the dollars are expected to be spent are below:



Hotel Conversions

$18.9 million

Purchase and operate former Best Western

$5.4 million

Leases and operations at additional hotels


$19.6 million

Pallet shelters, tiny homes, site preparations and utilities, operations, support services

Leased Units

$4.0 million

Rapid rehousing contracts

Encampment Response


Outreach, transportation, temporary port-a-lets, related services


Funding Sources

These efforts are being funded largely through a combination of the city’s existing budget for homelessness resolution as well as through federal dollars:

$37 million from HOST

$15 million from other sources

$16.1 million

ARPA funding for Best Western purchase

$8 million

COVID response funding from General Fund transfers to support city’s pandemic response, including providing non-congregate shelter

$9.9 million

Existing Homelessness Resolution Fund

$3.3 million

Redirected from equipping recreation center for emergency overnight shelter to bringing people out of unsheltered homelessness altogether

$4.7 million

Interest earned on ARPA funding

$3.1 million

Remaining funds after Best Western purchase

$2 million

Capital improvement funding from real estate acquisition costs that came in under budget

$2.2 million

48th Avenue Shelter improvements that came in under budget

$2 million

Department of Housing Stability


Denver City Council is expected to review portions of the funding that require approval.

On Thursday this week, Mayor Johnston will also share details of the city’s proposed 2024 budget.

Learn more about the Mayor’s House 1,000 effort at