AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The city of Aurora wants to accommodate people in their city who are affected by homelessness, but they want the community’s input to figure out how to do it. While the simplest solution seems to be to build a shelter, it is currently not an option.

“Building a new brick and mortar takes time. It’s expensive, so we’re looking for alternative options, ”said Jessica Prosser, director of housing and community for the city of Aurora.

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Partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a variety of other factors, Aurora is suffering from a serious homeless problem. Figuring out how to accommodate these people without building a new building is a challenge.

One option is temporary structures that are now on display at Restoration Christian Fellowship.

“These are low barrier protections. This includes secure parking spaces, tents and shelters that are dynamic and mobile, ”said Prosser.

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The idea is to find a place in the city where such structures can be built and where the homeless can have a safe place to live with access to services and running water. The city has set up an open house so residents can see what it might look like and make their contributions.

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“Where that could work. This is kind of a setup. Maybe half an acre of land with fences and screens, and they will also be able to weigh the option that they like best, ”Prosser said.

This contribution will be valuable for the city to find out how best to support people affected by homelessness while maintaining the lifestyle that Aurora residents are used to. In this way, all residents of the city can live happily and healthily.

“It becomes a public health and safety issue when people live rough, sleep rough, and live on the streets,” Prosser said.

If you would like to contribute, the Open House is open for a week at 15660 E. Sixth Ave., Aurora, CO 80011. If you can’t make it there, you can also participate virtually by visiting EngageAurora.org/Homelessness.