Denver’s Road Home to Open New Homeless Solutions Center in Commerce City
- Dec 03, 2014
By Ioana Neamt, Associate Editor
Denver’s Road Home, a city program to end homelessness created by the Mayor’s Denver Commission to End Homelessness in 2005 recently revealed plans to open a new Solutions Center in Commerce City, Colorado. The center would provide short-term behavioral and mental health services, as well as temporary housing for individuals in crisis, overnight detox or as an alternative to jail. According to a news release, the new facility would be a referral-only resource for police and behavioral health professionals, and would also connect patients to longer-term treatment programs.
“The Solutions Center would provide a location where mental health and chemical dependency assessment and treatment services could be provided in a secure and therapeutic environment,” says Bennie Milliner, executive director of Denver’s Road Home. “More importantly, the Solutions Center will work to connect people to longer-term housing and the treatment services they need to live independently.”
Denver’s Road Home has selected a vacant building in the Athmar Park neighborhood to house the new Solutions Center, and is expecting approval for the project from the Denver City Council. The city is also looking for an outside party to manage and operate the center. If approved, construction work on the project will begin in late December and would be completed in late 2015 at the earliest.
The new Solutions Center will occupy a vacant, 25,000-square-foot building at 405 South Platte River Drive in Commerce City. According to The Denver Post, the city of Denver has purchased the building for roughly $2 million.
Denver’s Road Home’s new center will feature a 16-bed clinic for crisis stabilization, where individuals will be offered screening and assessment, triage, stabilization, medication, and treatment. Additionally, the Solutions Center will offer space for up to 46 individuals who are homeless or in crisis, referred to the center directly from the stabilization clinic. According to a news release, the new facility will coordinate with the city and other crisis and health services in the area.