New $15.6 Million Contracts Assist Persons Experiencing Homelessness
Published on March 08, 2021
Contracts to provide housing, shelter, supportive services
Denver City Council tonight approved a series of contracts, totaling $15,642,843, to provide much needed housing, shelter and services for people experiencing or transitioning out of homelessness. The contracts, administered by Denver’s Department of Housing Stability (HOST), include some of the first expenditures resulting from the new Homelessness Resolution Fund approved by Denver voters last November through ballot measure 2B.
“All along throughout our COVID response efforts, we have taken needed steps to advance the city’s approach to making Denver more affordable and accessible for all while improving the safety net for our unhoused neighbors,” said HOST Executive Director Britta Fisher. “Many of these contracts result from our first combined housing and homelessness services procurement issued by HOST since its formation. We look forward to bringing many more contracts and partnerships forward in the weeks ahead.”
Among the contracts approved is Valor on the Fax, a 72-unit affordable housing development that will soon begin construction at 7900 E. Colfax Ave. Developed by Brothers Redevelopment and the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado, the four-story building will offer supportive housing to individuals transitioning from homelessness, with a focus on residents who have suffered from a brain injury. HOST is providing a $1,440,000 performance loan to help support construction costs, as well as $1 million toward supportive services spanning 15 years.
Apartments at Valor on the Fax will range from one to three bedrooms and will be income restricted to households earning up to 30 percent of the area median income (up to $21,000 for a single-person household, or up to $30,000 for a household of four). Land for the housing project was acquired by the city in 2017 and was subsequently sold to Brothers Redevelopment last year for $10 following a procurement process to identify a partner to develop income restricted housing on the site.
City Council also approved a three-year, $1,005,000 contract with the Colorado Village Collaborative to fund operations and programming for two temporary tiny home villages. The HOST funds will support the Beloved Community Village that was established in Globeville in 2019, and the Women’s Village at Clara Brown Commons that opened in the Cole neighborhood late last year. The temporary sheltering model helps to bridge the gap between the streets and stable housing. The HOST contract is projected to serve 75 households experiencing homelessness over the three-year period.
Sheltering operations and programming at The Delores Project, an emergency shelter for women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness, was approved for a three-year period, utilizing $2,100,000 from Denver’s new Homelessness Resolution Fund. The contract represents the first spending commitment from the fund, which was established through a voter-approved .25% increase to Denver’s Sales and Use Tax.
Below are other HOST contracts approved tonight, to assist persons experiencing or transitioning out of homelessness:
Colorado Health Network – One-year contract, totaling $2,771,621, to support tenant-based rental assistance, short-term rent or mortgage utility assistance, supportive services, and permanent housing placement programs to low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
St. Francis Center – Three-year contract, totaling $645,735, to support storage services for persons experiencing homelessness offered through 200 lockers accessible weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bluff Mercy – Three-year contract, totaling $900,000, to fund supportive services and housing subsidy for households transitioning from homelessness at Bluff Lake Apartments.
Volunteers of America, sheltering – Three-year contract, totaling $1,205,487, to support 24/7 residential shelter for women age 55 and older at the new Sinton’s Sanctuary that opened last year.
Volunteers of America, rehousing – Three-year contract, totaling $3,075,000, to provide rehousing services, including rental assistance and supportive services, for approximately 160 households annually.
Burgwyn Residential Management Services – Three-year contract, totaling $600,000, to fund supportive housing services at the Fourth Quarter Apartments and Ruby Hill Residences, which together will serve 121 households at a time in supportive housing.
U.S. Motels – One-year contract, totaling $500,000, to provide short-term emergency shelter for families.
Mental Health Center of Denver – One-year contract, totaling $400,000, to fund support services, including supportive housing, benefits acquisition, intensive case management, medication evaluation, medication monitoring, referral and coordination with primary care, therapeutic groups, and substance abuse treatment, to individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.