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Denver considers spending $651,000 to clean hotels after homeless stay

David Heitz

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By David Heitz / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, Colo.) Denver has spent $1.7 million in America Rescue Plan money to place hundreds of people experiencing homelessness in hotels and motels during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Because congregant shelters presented a high risk for COVID outbreaks, the city spent money to put people at increased risk for contracting the virus into the hotels and motels.

Now Denver City Council will vote next week on spending another $1 million to house people experiencing homelessness in motels.

But the amount doesn't include hotel maid service. The city has spent $470,000 to clean rooms after people experiencing homeless leave.

On Monday, the council will consider spending $181,055 to extend the Roth Property Maintenance LLC contract, which performs the cleaning. That money will pay for cleaning through Dec. 31, 2022.

Aloft, Rodeway deep cleaned

According to a staff report, the money pays for housekeeping services at the downtown Aloft Hotel and the former Rodeway Inn property in northwest Denver.

The housekeeping services must meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Denver Department of Public Health and Environment guidelines for cleaning hotels.

Special teams clean COVID-positive rooms

Roth provides two on-site staff to perform housekeeping in 140 rooms at the Aloft Hotel, twice monthly.

Special teams cleaned rooms where the guest had a positive COVID-19 test.

When the non-congregate shelter at Aloft Hotel closes, Roth will clean, decontaminate, and provide sanitation services.

Roth will provide up to three full-time equivalent staff members to turn each room at the Rodeway Inn property every five days. Staff also will provide detailed room cleanings between each resident.

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