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HOMELESS CRISIS: Denver City Council votes on expansion of Safe Outdoor Spaces

DENVER (KDVR) – Denver city councilors on the Safety, Housing, Education & Homelessness Committee will vote on whether or not to amend the contract with the Colorado Village Collaborative to expand the Space Outdoor Safety in the city.

The proposal would add an additional $3.9 million in funding to increase the total contract pool to nearly $4.8 million for 2021 and 2022. The expansion funds would provide at least four Safe Outdoor Space locations complete with amenities and services.

“We are currently unable to meet demand with the amount of space we have,” said Cole Chandler, chief executive officer of Colorado Village Collaborativetell FOX31 in investigative series on the homelessness crisis in Denver. The nonprofit operates SOS with funding from the City of Denver and several nonprofit organizations.

“There are more than 1,000 people sleeping on the street every night in Denver but we know things don’t have to be. Through models like these, we can continue to expand and provide safe dignified services to our not-so-popular neighbors,” Chandler said.

City councilors will discuss and vote at 10:30 a.m. You can watch the vote on FOX31 NOW live in the player above.

https://kdvr.com/news/local/denver-city-council-committee-voting-on-expanding-safe-outdoor-spaces/ HOMELESS CRISIS: Denver City Council votes on expansion of Safe Outdoor Spaces

Tom Vazquez

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