Loveland now hopes to provide nightly shelter for homeless this winter – Loveland Reporter-Herald

Loveland hopes to provide nightly shelter for the city’s homeless population this winter starting in November, according to materials included in the Loveland City Council’s agenda packet for its Tuesday meeting.

The statement represents a shift from September, when Alison Hade of the city’s Community Partnership Office told to the group that sheltering would be contingent on severe cold or other winter weather as it had been previously.

Council members are slated to hear an update from the Community Partnership Office on sheltering Tuesday. A memo included in the agenda packet says that sheltering will initially take place at 137 Homeless Connection before shifting to a rotation of local churches “as soon as possible.”

“This winter, shelter is expected to be open every night with a starting date of early November through the end of March, and possibly into April if there are severe spring storms,” the memo reads. “An overflow shelter will also be opened during a severe weather event.”

A presentation included in the packet also indicates that Homeward Alliance, a Fort Collins-based nonprofit that is taking over the city’s homeless outreach, is assisting with winter shelter and is applying for funding for street outreach.

Also on Tuesday, the group is scheduled to vote for the first time on the city’s 2022 budget, after the initial vote was postponed on Oct. 19 due to time. A study session on the process of forming a commission that would be empowered to review the city’s charter is also scheduled, after being postponed from the group’s Oct. 12 meeting.

How to participate

Comments from members of the public will be accepted in person on Tuesday as well as by phone and through the city’s online form.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. Members of the public who want to comment by phone may call 669-900-6833 any time after 5:45 p.m.

When prompted, callers should enter the meeting identification number, 975 3779 6504, followed by the passcode, 829866, when prompted and press the # key when asked for a participant ID.

Callers will be automatically muted and placed on hold. When a public comment period is announced, callers should press *9 and wait to be unmuted.

Comments can also be submitted until 5 p.m. Tuesday through the city of Loveland’s website at www.lovgov.org/city-government/city-council/city-council-meetings/city-council-public-comment-form.

The meeting will be broadcast on Comcast Channel 16 and streamed through the city’s website at loveland.viebit.com.

Tuesday’s agenda packet can be viewed and printed at cilovelandco.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=1153.

City Hall is located at 500 E. Third St.

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