The city of Denver approved a $2 million program for the Denver Basic Income Project geared towards the homeless.
Up to 140 women, transgender, and non-conforming individuals will receive $1,000 cash monthly for 12 months. City officials stated the monthly stipends will “lift individuals out of homelessness.”
Just as important as housing and shelter is a regular source of income for those experiencing homelessness, Mayor Michael B. Hancock said.
This direct cash assistance will help more than 140 women and families currently in shelters move into stable housing, and provide support, so they can stay housed while opening space in our shelters to serve more people.
The $2 million was approved by City Council last week.
The $2 million allocated for this cause is from the American Rescue Plan Act.
University of Denver’s Center for Housing and Homelessness Research will monitor the program, focusing on “housing outcomes, utilization of shelter and other homeless services, improvements in psychological health and substance use for those who opt-in,” Fox News reports.
Colorado GOP Chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown was not in favor of the program.
In an interview with “Mornings With Maria,” she stated that the program was “unsustainable” and “terrible.”