DeGette, Hancock push for federal funds to help Denver’s homeless

May 6, 2021
Press Release

DENVER, CO – U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced today their plan to secure an additional $2 million in federal funding to purchase the Stay Inn Hotel in downtown Denver and convert it into housing for those experiencing homelessness.

DeGette requested the $2 million in federal funds needed for the project Friday as one of ten Community Project Funding Requests that each member of Congress is allowed to submit this year to fund local projects in their districts. 

“Every single person in this community deserves to have a roof over their head when they go to sleep at night,” DeGette said. “Projects like this will provide our residents a safety net, giving those who need it a safe place to sleep and helping them get back on their feet as soon as possible.”   

“This investment will enable us to help people in our community who have been hit hardest by the pandemic,” Hancock said. “Providing supportive housing means wrapping our residents in services, so they have the stability they need to get back on their feet and be a part of our economic recovery.” 

If approved, the federal funds would contribute to the city’s purchase of the 95-room hotel located at 12033 E. 38th Avenue. Once complete, the converted hotel would first be used as a shelter for approximately 24 months and then converted into supportive housing for more than 150 local residents each year. 

These supportive housing units would provide mental and behavioral health support, and other services, all in one place to help put residents on a path to permanently exiting homelessness.

According to Metro Denver Homeless Initiative, there were more than 4,000 people in the Denver area experiencing homelessness at the start of 2020.

While it’s ultimately up to the House Appropriations Committee to approve or deny project funding requests submitted by each member of Congress, DeGette has made clear to the committee that securing the funding needed to convert the downtown Denver hotel to help those experiencing homelessness in her district is one of her top priorities this year. 

A list of all ten funding requests DeGette submitted to Congress last week is available here.