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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) earlier this month awarded the Regional Transportation District of Denver (RTD) a $180,000 federal grant to expand the agency’s essential services to riders experiencing homelessness.
The Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone grant will allow RTD to hire a full-time community outreach coordinator to survey nonprofits, other assistance providers and riders experiencing homelessness on their needs. The coordinator would serve as the liaison for planning solutions.
The grant could also help pay for printers to print fare passes for low-income riders, and for consulting on RTD route planning.
RTD started a task force more than a year ago to address homelessness issues and services. RTD also put in place full-time mental health professionals to ride with security staff to help de-escalate confrontations and link people with shelter services and counseling.