Denver accepts homes for the homeless, helping people find homes in time for Christmas

DENVER (KDVR) – A medium-sized Christmas tree, decorated with shiny garlands, filled the corner of Elle Blandin’s Denver living room this year. Her 9-year-old son enjoyed shaking the gifts wrapped underneath him to guess what was inside.

Blandin, 31, said: “I am very happy and I know my son is happy. “We don’t share a room anymore.”

Blandin is one of 576 people benefiting from the City of Denver’s goal to move at least 200 homeless people into stable housing within 100 days, beginning September and ending in early December.

“I jumped for joy. I’m just so ecstatic, excited and relieved to finally have a space for me and my family,” she said.

Before moving to Denver’s Globeville neighborhood in October, Blandin said she was trying to escape a “quite violent situation in the country.”

“I was… surfing the couch. Kind of, at one point, in my car for a bit… I went to resource centers and day shelters a lot just for the daily necessities like showers and the like. self,” said Blandin.

She said that she is having a hard time finding her footing and financial support.

Around the same time, Denver’s Department of Housing Stabilization launched a “housing increase” project in which the city worked with housing partners and service providers to expedite the transition of all housing units. people to stable houses quickly.

The city was able to accelerate the experience for hundreds of people from 340 different households because of access to 190 federal emergency home vouchers provided through the American Rescue Plans Act.

“We wanted to collaborate and really focus our efforts together: ‘How can we do this now? How can we improve our technique? And how can we get this to be so that as many people stay home during the holidays as possible? ” Britta Fisher, Denver housing director and chief executive officer of Housing Stabilizer speak.

“It’s clear that home is fundamental to health, and so right now, in this moment where people want to be home and want to be with their loved ones, it makes sense to see everyone comfortable, like at home. , and are placed under one roof as they celebrate the holidays this year,” she said.

Blandin said she feels empowered by the experience.

“I feel warm inside, and I feel confident in myself in the new year – what I have the opportunity to bring in the new year – now that I have both a stable place to live and can provide for myself. family,” she said.

She says she is working on her mental health and wellness and planning a new career path in medical billing and coding. Denver accepts homes for the homeless, helping people find homes in time for Christmas


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