The Safety, Housing, Education and Homelessness Committee of the Denver City Council awarded Bayaud Enterprises Wednesday a one million dollar contract to stand up cold weather shelters for people experiencing homelessness. The full City Council also must approve the contract.
The money will fund the contract through December 2024. “Bayaud Enterprises, Inc. will provide staffing and shelter operations support at temporary emergency shelters activated due to inclement weather or as part of a citywide shelter response,” according to a memo from city staff to the committee. “Responsibilities and services provided by Bayaud include, but are not limited to, serving food, bed checks, laundry services, limited unarmed security, securing doors, bag and tag of personal items left by guests, cleaning of common areas, guest check in, and other tasks essential to running shelter sites.”
Bayaud also will be responsible for biohazard cleanup when needed. “Temporary staffing provided by Bayaud is dependent on individual sites and the scale of response, but the teams may include project managers, shelter leads, certified fire watch staff (and) shelter operations staff… Reporting consists of documenting the frequency, date of crisis response, and support services provided at shelter sites.”
Denver activates its cold weather shelters when the temperature dips to 20 degrees or less. The City Council is considering changing the threshold to 32 degrees.