Here’s some need-to-know information for the week
The COVID-19 Recovery Center (CRC) serves unhoused individuals in Boulder County who are positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms. The CRC operates as a partnership between Boulder County, the City of Boulder and the City of Longmont, in close collaboration with Boulder County Public Health. It is located at Mount Calvary Lutheran, 3485 Stanford Court in Boulder.
The CRC is not a walk-up service. Instead, individuals are screened through a shelter or health providers to utilize the center. The CRC works with area shelters and health providers to transport individuals needing isolation and respite to the CRC, where they are provided with space for distancing, beds, meals, showers, laundry service and internet access. Individuals requiring medical care and supervision will be referred to hospitals.
The original CRC opened in March 2020 as one of the first programs in the nation to create a non-medical space for individuals experiencing homelessness with a distanced space to recover from COVID-19. In its 15 months of operation the facility served 306 people. During this time, Boulder County shelters saw significantly lower rates of COVID-19 than other communities and had no reported COVID-19-related deaths in its unhoused population.
When the original CRC closed in June 2021, the county and its partners developed an interim plan to isolate symptomatic or positive individuals at a hotel. This plan included a threshold to reopen the CRC, if needed. based on the evolving course of the pandemic. Because of a recent increase in COVID-19 cases among unhoused individuals, primarily due to the Delta variant, the CRC is now reopening.
The CRC is run by staff from Boulder County and the City of Boulder with additional support from community volunteers.
Contact Director of Housing and Human Services Kurt Firnhaber at 303-441-4424 for more information.