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Governor Jared Polis’ Executive Order #D 2020 031 authorizes county treasurers to extend the waiver of interest on late payment of property taxes through April 30, 2020. The action also allows property owners who had previously chosen to pay property taxes all at once to pay in installments.
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The City and County of Denver is working on many different levels throughout the COVID-19 emergency to help ensure the health and safety of persons experiencing homelessness.
The City is working with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Denver Health, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to provide testing for people experiencing homelessness and refer symptomatic people for nurse evaluation, testing and referral to private activated respite rooms.
The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) provides support, consultation, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to service providers and people experiencing homelessness to minimize the spread of illness, both proactively and in the event of an outbreak.
The City has collaborated with the Homeless Leadership Council—composed of Denver’s largest shelter and service providers—to deploy a range of 24/7 sheltering options that include auxiliary shelters, existing shelters, and hotel/motel rooms for persons experiencing homelessness. All options include greater physical distancing, with at least 60 square feet of sleeping space per person.
Through the launch of Auxiliary Shelters, Denver has maintained the inventory of shelter beds needed for our community while increasing hours of access and the physical spacing of guests. 24/7 Auxiliary Shelters have been established and will remain in operation throughout the state of emergency. The Auxiliary Shelter for Men opened on April 9 at the National Western Complex Hall of Education with 765 available beds. The Auxiliary Shelter for Women opened on April 20 at the Denver Coliseum with accommodations for up to 300 women and transgender individuals across the spectrum. All guests are screened at shelter entry, and guests with signs of illness are referred for medical care and/or sheltering at another location.
With assistance from unarmed National Guard personnel, several existing area overnight shelters have expanded hours of operation to 24 hours a day and increased spacing of guests. Operations have been expanded at the Crossroads Shelter for men, 48th Avenue Shelter for men, and The Delores Project.
Hotel/motel rooms are being used to provide protection and respite where needed among persons experiencing homelessness. Nearly 700 rooms for protective action and activated respite are available as of May 1, and the City is working with the State of Colorado and Colorado Coalition for the Homeless to increase room inventory.
Protective Action rooms are for vulnerable populations, including persons age 65 and older and those with underlying health conditions. Respite rooms are for individuals who are medically advised to isolate, including persons who have tested positive, are awaiting test results, or are symptomatic. All guests have access to primary medical, behavioral health care and case management, as well as meals and ongoing assessment.