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.

2 comments

  1. How about you let them stay at your house if your so concerned. They can post up in your yard and the yards/houses of all of the people who are pro homeless camping. You talk about rent being so high, then they can get roommates like the rest of us when we can’t live on our own. If it’s so expensive MOVE to another town or state. Why do I have to bust my ass, work hard, get housing for myself, and play by the rules only to see my city deteriorate? It never used to look like this or be like this here in Denver. It sounds like your group wants to have homeless encampments where there’s toilets and garbage disposal but how are you solving the problem of homeless posting up wherever they feel like? Here’s this handout to the homeless where’s the respect to the rest of us to stay in only those places. How are they all providing something back to the community who is giving them free resources? What do they have to do in return? How are they being moved out of this situation? I feel like you solution while altruistic doesn’t take into account a long term plan to decrease the homeless population. You say 60 percent are working, so here’s the thing get the other 40 percent to step up to deserve the gracious handout from the city and its people. We have to live around their garbage heaps and tents with countless grocery carts (that they stole from businesses). We walk out into the street cause sidewalks are overwhelmed with tents, garbage, needles and human feces! That is not ok! How about how they post up by our waterways? I’m sure you care about the environment, too. How is that working out for you when they dump their garbage and human waste in OUR waterways. This effects small business owners who are doing their hardest to provide jobs in the first place so that people can live inside. How about this your group and all the pro homeless people in your group can pool your money together and buy some property somewhere. You can house all the homeless cause you care about this issue. See how long you like being a gracious host to an ungrateful guest. Someone who doesn’t pick up after themselves and who constantly asks you to give them more without doing anything in return.

  2. Homeless Out Loud. You can provide all the housing, trash, and water services you want. At the very least, a large minority of Denver residents would be okay paying for that with our tax money. However, I don’t see one word about increased social services, drug recovery programs, or a path out of homelessness in the budget. For many chronically homeless, the trauma in their lives has pushed them into addiction and we need to be compassionate about that as a community. That said, Denver’s homeless needs to abide by a baseline set of rules and guidelines and be willing to go through treatment to move towards self sufficiency. Otherwise, the consensus is they’ll be allowed to languish, which isn’t good for anyone.

    A lot of the frustration with the visible homeless (i.e., the post above) is that besides seeing folks without houses, many of us see the vice and violence that seems to be married to the houseless communities. We’re expected to tolerate behavior that would be abhorrent if it were to come from one of our housed neighbors, work colleagues, or family members. Nobody in society can do whatever they feel if it creates problems for others (except of course if they’re wealthy). If the the homeless take on the responsibility of working their way out of a their situation to benefit the rest of the community, you’ll find support and the homeless will find support. But if DHOL continues to advocate for people who want to live outside of the rules the rest of us live by to maintain a functional society, they can deal with the consequences. Rehoming people without rehabilitation won’t work for the people you’re trying to help and it won’t work for the people that may help your organization. You need a larger portion of the housed community on your side and right now, you don’t.

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