Arvada's Response to Homelessness
In the 2022 Community Survey, residents identified homelessness as a top issue facing the community. The City of Arvada has been working to develop a comprehensive response to this issue that is realistic, regional, and sustainable.
City Council Study Session Identified Policy Direction
In January 2023, the City team conducted a Study Session with City Council to present data about the current state of homelessness in Arvada and Jefferson, and Adams counties. The team also presented recommendations for potential actions the City team could take based on Council direction. A recording of the Study Session is available on YouTube. The full slide deck can also be downloaded in PDF format.
The City team's strategy seeks to find solutions for the following:
- Coordinate a regional approach to homelessness
- Relocate homeless services from Olde Town to a more suitable location
- Align resources to support the visible unhoused population
- Stop homelessness before it begins
- Support homeless veteran efforts
- Support the homeless children and family population
- Support people living in vehicles
The City team has proposed a wide range of immediate, intermediate, and long-term actions to take in order to begin to address this growing need. For a full list of actions, please review the full slide deck (PDF) beginning at page 40.
- Identify the Emergency Sheltering location
- Establish an outreach team in coordination with our homeless navigators and co-responders
- Contract with providers for camp, encampment, and debris cleanup
- Identify and transition homeless services to an appropriate location outside of Olde Town
- Build inter-jurisdictional coordination and governance (Arvada, Edgewater, Golden, Lakewood, Westminster, Wheat Ridge, and Jefferson County)
- Formalize data collection
- Contract for a study to learn more about each jurisdiction's unhoused population
- Engage in PESTEL analysis (Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Environmental, Legal) with each jurisdiction in the county as identified above
- Join Adams County MOU
- Perform an internal analysis of policies and other management tools.
- Conduct community engagement to learn more about residents' concerns and values around homelessness and potential solutions
- Implement recommendations from the study and PESTEL analysis
- Establish data collection and analysis strategy for a data-driven approach
- Establish performance measures
- Align Service providers
- Create a Navigation Center, develop board
- Engage with Built for Zero
- Participate in school district efforts
- Develop an effective communication plan
- Develop communications describing resources and how to navigate services
- Build a grant/funding pipeline
- Continue support of Community Table and Safe Parking Program
- Implement a regional navigation center
- Implement a regional family navigation center
- Expand housing options
- Evaluate the hotel/motel transitional housing model
- Non-profits/NGOs operate all but emergency services
- Develop prevention strategies for individuals and families
- Develop workforce programs
- Create a Park Ranger program
- Create transitional and affordable housing options
- Elected officials advocate for legislation and financing to assist with the issue
Current Programs Will Continue to Assist Homeless Populations
The City of Arvada offers several programs to assist those experiencing homelessness and in danger of homelessness. To explore those programs, please visit our Homelessness in Arvada webpage.
We Will Keep You Informed
As the City works through these identified actions, we will keep you informed on City communication channels such as the City website, social media, the Arvada Report, and press releases, when appropriate.