‘Summertime homeless sheltering begins along Baseline Road in Boulder’

See the story in the Daily Camera here. Copied below in its entirety:

Path to Home, Boulder’s new summer sheltering program for the homeless, debuted Wednesday evening and will continue this summer at three sites along Baseline Road.

Through Sept. 30, the program will rotate among Congregation Har HaShem, Atonement Lutheran Church and St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, which all sit on a roughly 0.5-mile stretch of Baseline just west of Foothills Parkway.

Lineup will begin at 6:30 p.m., seven days a week, with doors open from 7 to 9 p.m.

The program is new to Boulder and, ironically, it comes amid the city’s transition to a new “Long-Term Homelessness Strategy” that de-emphasizes emergency services such as nighttime sheltering and puts more of a focus on personalized case management plus transitional and permanent housing solutions.

But the sheltering that will occur on Baseline is intended to replace — and then some — the summertime sheltering that Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow used to organize during bad weather, prior to its suspension of programming in the spring.

Boulder Human Services Director Karen Rahn said, of the need created by that closure, “We kind of have a gap between May 1 and October” — when the north Boulder homeless shelter opens to walk-ups — “where if there are some days where bad weather happens, we would want to have a plan in place to be able to have sheltering for extreme weather.”

Path to Home, however, will be open nightly instead of on a weather-dependent basis, and it will also include on-site case managers.

Fifty beds will be available each night on a first-come, first-served basis, with a flexible limit of seven nights per client.

The local organization Bridge House will staff Path to Home, which will operate this summer on $84,000 in funding from the city.

Prior to Path to Home’s creation, the city mulled opening the East Boulder Community Center for bad-weather sheltering this summer, but a city spokeswoman said Wednesday that Boulder no longer intends to make any use of that facility for homeless services in the immediate future.

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I still don’t get the point of overnight shelter during the summer: NOBODY will freeze to death when the low temp is around 50 degrees, and an inexpensive tarp will protect you from rain and hail. I’m living proof, over the course of every summer since 2008 here in Boulder, CO.

BTW, for those of you who don’t know, Baseline is “home” to the illegal campsites of scores of transients who most likely have no interest whatsoever in Bridge House’s Path to Home. Might as well have flushed that $84K from taxpayers right down the toilet . . .

— MRW 

(This post e-mailed to Boulder City Council.) 

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