Press Release: Elected Officials Support Denver Ballot Measure 2B
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2020
Vice President of Communications and Public Policy
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Elected Officials Support Denver Ballot Measure 2B
Denver-- Twenty-two state, city, and school board officials endorsed Denver Ballot Measure 2B this week, joining the 180 health care professionals who last week supported the measure with a letter to the community.
Homelessness impacts people in every corner of the city including children and families. With COVID-19, housing insecurity is further exacerbated. "I am supporting Ballot Measure 2B because more than 1,800 DPS students are experiencing homelessness right now. With the pandemic, our students and families have less access to resources and stable housing. 2B will invest in supportive housing, expand rental assistance, and support innovative programs like tiny homes. These are solutions our families need. Vote YES on 2B!" stated Angela Cobián, Denver School Board.
Measure 2B will allow Denver to build 1,800 homes with supportive services over the next ten years. This housing will help transition people into housing from shelters or unsheltered living situations and provide services like employment counseling or behavioral health care. For more information about Measure 2B, visit yeson2b.org.
Representative James Coleman noted the importance of the multi-pronged approach of the measure: "If we can get more people placed in supportive housing and continue to provide case management and employment counseling, we can get more folks back on their feet. Join me on Vote Yes on Ballot Measure 2B!" Representative Leslie Herod shared Rep Coleman's endorsement: "This is one measure that will help us move forward as a city in the right direction."
Mayor Hancock who has led the creation of Denver's department of Housing Stability (HOST) which would play a role in the implementation of the measure said "Measure 2B is a critical investment that will allow us to make significant gains for people experiencing homelessness. Join me in voting yes on 2B and together we can help reduce homelessness in Denver." Eleven members of city council are also supporting the ballot measure including Councilwoman At-Large Robin Kniech: "Denver has refined a supportive housing model that has moved thousands out of homelessness. When someone gets that key to their own door, we can’t see their success, but it's real. 2B will fund proven solutions like that housing, and 24/7 shelter with employment, mental health and housing services, to help more people get back on their feet."
For a full list of supporters of Denver Measure 2B, visit here.