Originally Posted by wong21fr
The article also shows that the other metro counties need to start pulling more of their weight in regards to providing temporary shelter. People have gravitated towards Denver for the reasons of the shelters being here and an urban environment that makes for easier (totally the wrong word to use in this context) homeless living, but other counties need to start providing some sort of service beyond the bare bones. An additional 100 beds in each county would nearly eliminate the shelter gap.
True, but I am a pragmatist, and that's just not going to happen. If Denver wanted to start a Road Home initiative, surely we knew we needed to include all of the homeless in the region because, as you said, they'll find their way to Denver eventually. If we didn't want to provide services to the whole region, we needed one of those much-touted regional solutions. As it is now, nobody outside Denver has any incentive to do anything. So the numbers stand, and we need to figure it out.
I'm not sure what to do about drugs and alcohol... Ongoing mental health services we need. Shelters we need... but addiction/substance abuse problems that can't be solved in a day, I don't know. When somebody needs shelter that night,
the immediate obvious solution seems to be jail. The quickest way to sober somebody up, I'd think.