Former youth service center considered for homeless housing – CBS Denver
DENVER (CBS4) – An empty campus that once housed the Ridge View Youth Services Center, may be part of the state’s solution to the growing homeless population.
In a statement, the governor said: “Homelessness has no address and neither does our approach to solving it.”
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The Watkins facility is just east of Aurora and offers hundreds of beds that are open even before any makeovers.
Cathy Alderman of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless welcomes the idea.
“Depending on the stated goals, this looks like a real opportunity to provide a community of recovery for people in home situations,” she said.
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Inspired by the supportive residential community of Fort Lyon that they operate for the state of Southeast Colorado.
“It takes a lot of work and a lot of partnerships, but it has been a real lifeline,” Alderman said.
The Fort Lyon faculty combines housing with recovery support, education, training, and employment opportunities for homeless people from anywhere in the state.
“The fact that we can work with them on site to address other issues that may have led to homelessness and could help them achieve housing stability is just one added benefit of having a campus like this here, “Alderman said.
Ideas of using an already existing facility would reduce costs and use partnerships already established in the community.
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“I can say that the idea that we have a place where people can recover and people go to stabilize, so that we can then work with them on a long-term housing option is crucial to solving homelessness. in the state, ”she said.