Denver will buy a hotel to house some of the city's rising homeless population and hope to use $2 million in federal money to do it, Mayor Michael Hancock and U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette announced Thursday morning. Overall, it'll cost $7.8 million to purchase the 94-room hotel, which will become a shelter at first for up to 200 people. Denver Chief Housing Officer Britta Fisher said there's a possibility that people with pets could live there, as well as the ability for partners to share a room. The hotel may be ready for people to move in by the end of the year, Fisher said, though the city isn't sure who will run the shelter from day to day. After about two years, the shelter will turn into "supportive housing" for about 150 people, including access to mental and behavioral health services, according to a news release from DeGette. The plan to buy the hotel in northeast Denver puts the city alongside Austin , which announced a plan in March to convert a small hotel to house the homeless, and California also has a large program to help local governments buy hotels, motels and apartment buildings for the same purpose. DeGette… Read full this story
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