Gonna do a new thread for the severe weather shelter quickie from Kurt Firnhaber.
If he's ever given a "quick" presentation before, I'll eat the pants I'm not wearing.
There were *supposed* to be 30 beds available last night/tonight for severe weather shelter at Boulder Shelter. I'm not sure if there were or not; I got a response from the city but it was v confusing.
Firnhaber: "The shelter was open this afternoon for individuals who were not part of the housing system."

About 25-30 beds available, he says.
Those are for ppl who have gone through coordinated entry or could. (Severe weather shelter doesn't make ppl do that; it just lets ppl not be out in the cold and snow)

So I'm not sure if those beds were truly for SWS or not...
Firnhaber talking about efforts to reach unhoused folks and let them know shelter was available. "A lot of systems we had in place last year might not reach that population," he says.
They reached out to organizations that typically work with people experiencing homelessness to pass the message along. No word about utilizing the Homeless Outreach Team.
SWS is "likely" to be open tomorrow night as well, Firnhaber says. Apologies that I meant to say tonight and tomorrow night earlier, rather than yesterday and today. Time has lost all meaning.
Joseph: Are you at capacity? Is anyone who needs shelter getting shelter?
Firnhaber: Last night we had 26 empty beds. I expect those will be filled this evening.
The topic of SWS for the entire season will be revisited Sept. 22, I believe.
Brockett: If the Shelter fills, do we have capability to find other places for people?
Firnhaber: We don't.
Brockett: Can we monitor that? Do we have a backup plan?
Firnhaber: We can certainly monitor that. Idk that we have time to make a plan this point.
Swetlik: It's pretty obvious the weather is going to get crazier and crazier each year. So we should plan to have contingencies earlier and earlier. Maybe we should plan for Sept. 1 next year.
And... nothing else from anyone else on council so... I guess we'll move on?

26 beds for ppl, 0 backup plans, and outreach that admittedly won't reach everyone. Cool, cool.
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