Bridge House closes facility at 1120 1/2 Pine; Boulder Homeless Services Collaborative takes over at other sites

By Max R. Weller

Read the article published in the Daily Camera on 6/13/2015: Boulder’s homeless service agencies propose new day shelter options.

I’ve received a brochure from BHSC and some relevant info (edited for clarification) is copied below:

Resource Center — Bridge House case management

Monday, Thursday, Friday 8:30 to Noon at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless at 4869 N. Broadway

Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00 to 3:00 at 1603 Walnut

Services include:

Overview Case Management

RTD Bus Trip Passes

ID

Prescription Help

Access to Benefits

Referrals to Housing

Employment Services

Onsite partners / access for:

  • Mental Health Partners
  • People’s Clinic
  • Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow
  • BH Ready to Work House
  • BSH First Step / Transition
  • Housing First

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BOHO: Operates emergency Day Shelter and Overnight Shelter at faith communities

Revolving schedules and locations

(303) 605-8919 or online boulderboho.org

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What is expected of you?

You must register with BHSC at the program site at which you wish to participate

At Day Service locations you will be asked to sign a Code of Conduct upon your first entry

To continue being eligible for Day Services and meals you must complete a “welcome meeting” within 7 days to orient you to program services in Boulder

At all locations you must meet the BHSC’s standards of behavior: a) All agencies post copies of the standard code of conduct, and b) Some agencies or programs post additional rules of conduct

You may be asked or expected to give back: a) Some programs will encourage you to volunteer, and b) Some programs have required chores or community service

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Disclaimer:

BH, BOHO, BSH, and BHSC are funded in part by the City of Boulder, Boulder County, the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, and Foothills United Way. BH, BOHO, BSH, and BHSC do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin (ancestry), religion (creed), gender, sexual orientation / gender identity, age, disability, marital status, or military status. 

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My take on all of this? Other cities have done business in a similar way for decades, but I’m skeptical that the same leadership running Boulder’s alphabet soup of homeless shelter/services providers will do any better no matter how they reorganize.

Once again, they ignore the single most important step they could take (which other cities have): Prioritizing shelter/services for LOCAL homeless people, by requiring a valid photo ID with a Boulder County address.

We shall see what happens to the number of transients on our streets . . .

Tomorrow, I’ll post my thoughts on Boulder’s city elections.

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