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Denver will lease DoubleTree for $83,333 per month for homeless

David Heitz
The DoubleTree hotel at 4040 Quebec in Denver has been purchased by the city to house people experiencing homelessness.Photo byGoogle Earth

A fourth hotel will house people experiencing homelessness in Denver’s district 8.

The City Council voted Monday to lease the 300-room DoubleTree in Park Hill for one year for $83,333 per month. The city also has the option to buy the hotel for $43 million.

The hotel is needed as part of Denver Mayor Mike Johnston’s House1000 plan, according to city staff. The mayor hopes to house 1,000 people living on the streets by the end of the year, he has said.

The DoubleTree marks the fourth homeless hotel to open in council member Shontel Lewis’ district 8. The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless operates Fusion Studios at 3737 Quebec. The city owns the Best Western Park Hill at 4545 Quebec and also the Stay Inn at 12033 E. 38th Ave. Those hotels also house people experiencing homelessness.

In addition, the city plans to open a micro-community of 50 pallet homes in the parking lot of the Stay Inn.

The DoubleTree hotel boasts conference rooms, a kitchen and laundry facilities. There is also a restaurant and two ballrooms. The ballrooms would be used as temporary shelters during cold weather and snow events. If the city exercises the option to buy the hotel, all rent paid will count toward the purchase price.

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