State to Convert Ridge View Youth Service Center to Homelessness Center

DENVER (KDVR) – Governor Jared Polis is redefining a state-owned facility as a homeless shelter rather than a youth center.

According to the Colorado Department of Social Services, the Ridge View Youth Services Center campus in Watkins will be reallocated with federal, state and local funding to provide a range of services to those at high risk of homelessness or the homeless themselves. same.

“The governor has included this proposal in a package of responses and solutions to the homeless that will be considered by the Interim Economic Recovery and Relief Committee, recognizing that we need to scale up proven solutions and connect people without – shelter resources, services and housing assistance in collaboration and partnership with local communities ”, we read in a press release from the department.

Ridge View was a youth service center where at-risk youth would receive behavioral support.

The state withdrew the operating license from Rite of Passage, a Nevada-based youth services provider that operated the Ridge View Youth Services Center campus, in the summer of 2021 following an investigation.

According to the governor’s record $ 40 billion budget proposal for fiscal year 2022-23, Polis wants to funnel $ 45 million into the new Ridge View.

The governor is proposing the overhaul of Ridge View as part of the $ 200 million homeless spending. The $ 200 million, in his proposal, will be taken from the state’s share of COVID relief funding given to Colorado under the American Rescue Plan Act.

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