Safe Outdoor spaceS
About Safe Outdoor SpaceS
In July of 2020 the Denver Mayor’s Office announced a partnership with the Colorado Village Collaborative (CVC) to open several Safe Outdoor Spaces for people experiencing homelessness. These Safe Outdoor Spaces are healthy, secure, staffed, resource and service-rich environments that provide an outdoor, individualized sheltering option for people experiencing unsheltered homelessness in Denver.
The first two Safe Outdoor Spaces successfully operated in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood from December 2020 until May 2021. Since then, CVC has operated SOS locations in the Park Hill, La Alma Lincoln Park, Clayton, Barnum and Regis University neighborhoods. CVC plans to open its latest SOS in the Montbello neighborhood in December 2022.
Support Safe Outdoor Spaces
recently opened safe outdoor spaces
An effort is underway to launch a 50-person Safe Outdoor Space in the parking lot 780 Elati St, Denver, CO 80204 at the corner of 8th and Elati. This project is planned to run from November 10 - October 31, 2022.
Denver Human Services
An effort is underway to launch a 50-person Safe Outdoor Space at Denver County Department of Human Services (DHS), at their East offices on 3815 Steele St, Denver, CO 80205. This project is planned to run from December 14, 2021 – November 30, 2022.
What Do Safe Outdoor Space Residents Do During the Day?
Safe Outdoor Spaces use a harm reduction approach intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among people experiencing homelessness.
These spaces will expand outreach to people not accessing existing services, creating equitable links to hotels, health care, and ongoing case management and housing resources.
A temporary solution to a timely problem
COVID-19 is making a safe outdoor space a necessity for the residents of our city without homes.
This proposal is for Temporary Safe Outdoor Spaces that would be utilized solely during the COVID-19 pandemic. SOS would wind down at the conclusion of the Public Health emergency, and residents would be linked to case management for ongoing service delivery.
Staffed 24 hours per day by Colorado Village Collaborative
Outreach and case management provided by St. Francis Center and other partners
Up to 50 individualized shelters, serving a maximum of 60 people
Resident placement conducted through street outreach and referrals
Wellness screenings conducted daily, creating links to hotels and health care services
Food provided through partnerships with faith community and existing food service providers
Shelters, cots, and sleeping bags provided to residents at entry