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May 29, 2020

Homeless Solutions for Boulder County to close 30th Street shelter

Coordinated entry and navigation services to move to north Boulder

Boulder County, Colo.- As a housing-first model, Homeless Solutions for Boulder County (HSBC) is committed to ending the cycle of homelessness through investing in more permanent housing solutions for individuals experiencing homelessness. To align with this principle, Homeless Solutions for Boulder County (HSBC) is moving forward with its planned consolidation of the 2691 30th Street navigation program shelter in the City of Boulder with the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless (BSH) in north Boulder at 4869 Broadway.

The shelter location at 30th Street, which was put in place as a temporary measure in 2017 during the launch of HSBC and is operated by Bridge House, will close as scheduled by May 31, 2020. The closure aligns with HSBC’s success placing people in housing and will allow resources to be re-allocated to housing options for people experiencing homelessness. Bridge House and BSH have worked together to prepare clients to transition from the 30th Street site to BSH on June 1.

“We greatly appreciate our partners, Bridge House and Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, for the hard work in developing and operating a new model for addressing homelessness in our community,” said Kurt Firnhaber, City of Boulder Director of Housing and Human Services. “While BSH will now operate both programs at their facility and Bridge House will continue to make positive impacts for those experiencing homelessness through their other programs like Ready to Work and Community Table.”

To continue on the path of ending homelessness, HSBC, in partnership with local housing authorities (Boulder Housing Partners, Longmont Housing Authority, and Boulder County Housing Authority) and municipal city and Boulder County governments, have invested more funds in providing housing opportunities in recent years to align with the strategic vision. The funding provides more permanent housing options than the temporary shelter beds to house individuals who are experiencing homelessness in our community.

“HSBC is committed to offering services that align with housing-first principles and ending homelessness in our community. We are grateful for the work Bridge House has provided to our most vulnerable community members and look forward to them continuing to be a steadfast community partner. We have the utmost confidence that Boulder Shelter for the Homeless will continue to support our shared mission of creating avenues to stable housing for our community's homeless adults,” said Robin Bohannan, Boulder County Director of Community Services.