A survey conducted in 2018 confirmed that there are over 5,000 people living unsheltered in the city of Denver, CO. While many of Denver’s residents complain about the population taking up public park space or littering the streets, very little is being done to remedy the situation.
Fresh Start acts under a housing first policy. This is a facility that will not only accommodate those without access to stable housing but help them get out of this situation by teaching and giving them the opportunities to make a resume, hold a job, be free from chemical dependencies, etc. This will address the problem at the root instead of a provisional remedy.
Fresh Start is a step program that ends with residents holding jobs and being completely capable of living on their own. The building itself is made mostly out of shipping containers and glass and consists of a restaurant, café, common room, kitchen/dining room, workout room, daycare, large dorm, offices, suites, etc. Key features are highlighted below.
What can you do?
- Treat folks living unsheltered like they’re people. Be kind. So often, we forget that we are all human beings. Homelessness is a situation that can happen to so many people. It can bring a sense of loneliness and can eat away at your dignity as well, so just a simple hello can really make a difference
- Give what you can: Keep care kits in your car; these can include food, water, basic hygiene items (especially feminine hygiene products for women), and even socks!
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