Valdez, prime bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 22-211, concerning the
repurposing of the Ridge View campus into a supportive residential community
for people experiencing homelessness. The bill transfers ownership of all
or part of the Ridge View Campus from the Colorado Department of Human
Services (DHS) to the Department of Personnel and Administration for use
by the Division of Housing in the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) as
a supportive residential community for people experiencing homelessness.
DOLA, in collaboration with the DHS, must develop a master plan for the
redevelopment and operation of the Ridge View Campus into the Ridge View
Supportive Residential Community (community), including a financial plan
for startup and ongoing operational costs. The community must provide transitional
housing, a continuum of behavioral health services and treatment, medical
care, vocational training, skill development, and transportation for residents
and the public. DOLA is required to select one or more contractors experienced
in providing statewide integrated housing, health care, recovery treatment,
and supportive service programs for people experiencing homelessness to
establish the community. The administrator of the community must also work
with local providers across the state to set up a referral system for clients
to live at the community.
Representative A. Valdez responded to questions from the committee.