Denver Budget Proposals 2021

Denver Budget Proposals 2021

Sanitation Resources and Housing

Proposals drafted by Denver Homeless Out Loud

Sanitation Stations for Houseless Encampments: $700,000 

This will pay for the following:

-25 portable toilets, serviced 5 days a week

-Gift card of $70 a week payment for encampment resident employed to do extra cleaning of the portable toilet 

-Cleaning supplies 

-25 handwashing stations

Department:

This funding would make the most sense to go through either the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) or through the Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE). If desired this could also go through the Department of Housing Stability (HOST).

Funding Source:

This funding can come from relocation of funds from the Police or Sheriff’s Department. 

Note: These cost estimates are based on our spending as DHOL on these services over the past 6 months. The City has an existing contract with Liberty Waste Management that could likely cover much of these costs, and at a much lower rate.

Trash Services for Houseless Encampments: $300,000

This will pay for the following:

-Doubling the size of the existing Triangle Works crew to employ at least 5 more homeless people to help clean the streets and encampments.

-Placing and servicing at least 50 trash cans at encampments where people live without trash services.

-Placing and servicing at least 5 dumpsters at larger encampments where people live without trash services.

Department:

This funding would make the most sense to go through either the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) or through the Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE). If desired this could also go through the Department of Housing Stability (HOST).

Funding Source:

This funding can come from relocation of funds from the Police or Sheriffs Department. 

Note: The cleaning crew cost estimates are based on Bayaud Enterprises cost of running the Triangle Works program. The trash can and dumpster cost estimates are based on estimates from companies and needs to be clarified with DOTI from their experience providing this service. 

Water for Houseless Encampments: $300,000

This will pay for the following:

-Water tap drinking water transfers for fire hydrants or other water sources

Or

-15, 55 gallon water jugs with spigot for drinking, filled 5 days a week  

Department:

This funding would make the most sense to go through either the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) or through the Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE). If desired this could also go through the Department of Housing Stability (HOST).

Funding Source:

This funding can come from relocation of funds from the Police or Sheriffs Department. 

Note: These cost estimates need further clarification 

Hotel Housing for at least 2,000 Houseless People: $51,000,000

This will pay for the following:

-The City recently spent $17,000,000 on an existing contract with Colorado Coalition for the Homeless to run hotel rooms for at 670+ people. If we triple this spending we could house at least 2,000 housless people in hotels. This could house the entire population of shelter guests (noted at 900) plus another 1,100 people staying outside or in other houseless situations. 

Department:

This funding would go through the Department of Housing Stability (HOST).

Funding Source:

This funding can come from relocation of funds from the Police or Sheriffs Department. It could also come from the existing shelter budget as all shelter guests could be moved to these hotels. 

Note: These cost estimates could use further clarification from HOST and CCH on existing hotel costs and time frames. 

Housing for at least 4,171 Houseless People: $834,200,000

This will pay for the following:

-The City has stated that each “affordable” housing unit costs them about $200,000. Based on this estimate this proposed housing budget should house the total number of people counted homeless in 2020. This does not mean all homeless people as the PIT is a known undercount, but it would be a good start. 

Department:

This funding would go through the Department of Housing Stability (HOST).

Funding Source:

This funding can come from relocation of funds from the Police or Sheriff’s Department. It could also come from the existing shelter budget as all shelter guests could be moved to this housing. 

Note: The cost of creating attainable housing units from the ground up vs as vouchers for existing units vs renovation of existing non-functional hotels/housing vs tiny homes or other alternative housing on vacant land all differ. But if all this 800+ million went directly to creating housing all of the 4,171 counted houseless people could be housed. 

Additional Process Note: Some of these proposals have been moved forward by Councilwomen Candi CdeBaca (D9). The rest of City Council will have an opportunity to support these basic needs by voting in favor of those proposals.

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