Denver On Track to Reach Housing Surge Goal Ahead of Schedule

Published on October 20, 2021

At midway point, 143 individuals transitioned from homelessness to housing in 49 days

At one day shy of the midway point of a 100-day goal to house 200 individuals, the City and County of Denver is tracking to far exceed its goal.

Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the Department of Housing Stability (HOST) last month launched an effort to get 200 people experiencing homelessness housed in 100 days. The housing surge expedites the city’s work with partners to connect 100 people from shelters and 100 people living on the streets with housing.

Today marks the Day 49 of the housing surge, and a total of 143 individuals have thus far been housed.

“With dozens of community partners working in alignment toward a shared goal, we’re clearly gaining momentum through this housing surge, and we’ll build on this effort with future surge initiatives that continue to lift people out of homelessness,” Mayor Hancock said.

A housing surge is a way to help quickly get people back into housing by expediting coordination of partners to connect people to a surplus in housing resources. Today, housing surges are being used across the country to help people back into housing after the COVID-19 pandemic caused many to lose their homes.

New emergency housing vouchers were made available through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds in the American Rescue Plan Act to the Denver Housing Authority. The housing surge will be accomplished, in part, using these housing vouchers, and the City will also work with rapid resolution, rapid rehousing, and permanent supportive housing providers to reach our goal.

“It takes a community response to resolve episodes of homelessness, and we’re grateful for the incredible work underway by our many partners,” said HOST Executive Director Britta Fisher. “There are positive lessons to be learned from this approach, and we’re continuing to sharpen the tools in our toolbox of programs, services and collaboration to make a difference for our unhoused neighbors.”

A broad coalition of nonprofit and homeless service partners are working to achieve the housing surge goals, with the support and coordination of Denver Housing Authority, Metro Denver Homeless Initiative, Community Solutions, and Homebase. The City also is leveraging the voter-approved Homelessness Resolution Fund to expand an existing contract with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless to provide housing units from their own portfolio and to help identify private landlords willing to participate. The housing surge is part of Mayor Hancock’s economic recovery package, initially announced in a press conference June 1.

To access resources through the housing surge, case managers are engaging people in shelters and on the street. For more information on other housing resources available to Denver households, visit Denvergov.org/housing