Denver Extends Contracts to Proceed Resort Lodging for the Homeless Throughout COVID-19 Disaster – 9News.com KUSA
DENVER – The Denver City Council on Monday extended three contracts that allow the city to continue to provide temporary hotel room accommodation to some people homeless during the COVID-19 crisis.
According to Britta Fisher, executive director of the Denver Department of Housing Stability, the capacity of accommodation in Denver has been reduced by 56%, or about 1,200 beds, due to social distancing requirements in connection with the pandemic. To make room for more space, city officials last year set up two emergency shelters for the homeless at the National Western Complex and the nearby Denver Coliseum, and secured more than 800 hotel rooms for those without housing affected or threatened by the coronavirus.
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On Monday during the council's second meeting of the year, members voted to keep the hotel rooms operational until February, with the option to extend the contracts for an additional four months.
The city council approved an increase of nearly $ 1.8 million for a total of $ 4.6 million and securing 151 rooms to an agreement with DHF Denver Operating V, LLC, which operates as Hampton Inn and Suites Denver-Downtown .