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City and The Salvation Army Announce Future of Crossroads Shelter

DENVER – The City and County of Denver intends to purchase the Crossroads shelter for men experiencing homelessness from The Salvation Army. The city and The Salvation Army have executed a letter of intent for the purchase of the facility.

“The city’s purchase of Crossroads is critical to ensuring our residents experiencing homelessness have the support from our community to be healthy, housed and connected to the services they need,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Our approach will continue to be one of compassion and dignity for our most vulnerable residents, and we’re proud to continue our partnership with The Salvation Army in driving towards a supportive care system that addresses individual needs and experiences."

The facility, located in the River North neighborhood, has been in operation since 1993.  It currently serves more than 400 men experiencing homelessness who seek shelter nightly. The city will lease the building back to The Salvation Army for up to three years so that The Salvation Army can continue to provide shelter services during this time of transition.

“The Crossroads location is critical for the community of people experiencing homelessness and can serve a variety of needs in the future for the city and the neighborhood," said Chief Housing Officer Britta Fisher.  “This is an important step in implementing our three-year shelter plan.”

"As we continue to consolidate investments, programs, and projects into the new Department of Housing Stability, we are working to ensure that while building a comprehensive approach to address the needs of the community, we are not sacrificing existing services for those in need today," continued Fisher.

“This opportunity to work with the City and County of Denver gives The Salvation Army a unique ability to make a dramatic difference in the lives of people and families experiencing homelessness,” said Major Mike Dickinson, The Salvation Army’s divisional commander. “We are committed to be there for our Denver neighbors in need, and will continue to provide service, love and support for them.”

The city has agreed to pay $10.5 million for the facility, with the sale to close by the end of September. The agreement must be approved by City Council. It goes to committee next week.