Denver to Give $12,000 and Free Phones to Homeless Women, Transgender and Non-Binary Residents

Denver will give $12,000 to 140 homeless transgender and non-binary residents. The city claims the money will help people out of poverty, address the filthy homeless encampments and curb rising crime rates affecting Denver. According to the Daily Mail, the Denver Basic Income Project will oversee the initiative, funded partly by the city with $2 million from the American Rescue Plan Act. 

Angie Nelson, deputy director of Housing Stability and Homelessness Resolution, explained, “The pandemic has had a really big impact on the state of homelessness in our community that we’ve seen increased numbers of families seeking shelter, as well as an increased number of women using our shelter system.”

The program aims to help women, transgender, and non-binary people who need housing. While the $2 million granted by the city would pay around 140 people, the overall initiative, which may cost up to $9 million, seeks to assist about 820 people. Mark Donovan of the Denver Basic Income Project said the remaining funds would be raised through philanthropic institutions like the Colorado Health Foundation and the Denver Foundation. The recipients will be picked randomly after applying and will start getting payments in November.

The program will consist of three groups: 260 people will get $6,500 upfront and $500 per month for 12 months, 260 more will receive $1,000 per month for 12 months, and 300 will receive a $50 monthly stipend to complete surveys as part of the control group. Each participant will also be given a cell phone and a full year of service. Additionally, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless will monitor how recipients use their funds and assist them in finding housing, furniture, and kitchen supplies.

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