Boulder Targeted Homelessness Engagement and Referral Effort (BTHERE).
The BTHERE program goal is to engage and build relationships with people experiencing homelessness for future connection to housing or services. Homeless services in Boulder are dependent on voluntary participation in services that provide resources and support that help individuals exit homelessness.
The team visits locations with high incidence of camping or negative behavior in public spaces. They engage with individuals presumed to be experiencing homelessness about the following subjects:
• Provide supportive services in the field including Coordinated Entry, housing assessments and connections to other benefits and services, as applicable to each person, and informing people on the processes, locations, and hours of services.
• Informing people of the camping ordinances, the possibility of enforcement, and available services for sheltering or assistance.
To separate the outreach and enforcement roles, this aspect of BTHERE will serve more of a “heads up” function for people experiencing homelessness in Boulder.