DENVER (KDVR) — Denver has bought another motel that will be converted into housing for the homeless.

Mayor Mike Johnston made the announcement in a Wednesday news conference. Johnston has been giving regular updates on homelessness since he took office and declared a state of emergency over the issue.

The Stay Inn, in the Central Park neighborhood, will have 100 new units of housing for people, the mayor said. Johnston thanked U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette for her efforts to get federal funding for the $9 million conversion project. DeGette’s office has said the federal contribution was $2 million.

The conversion project has been in the works for years. Located just southwest of Interstate 70 and Peoria Street, Denver leaders have said the Stay Inn will be converted to offer supportive housing with services on site.

Denver City Council approved the purchase in January. The city has said most rooms in the four-story hotel were updated recently with kitchenettes, and laundry services are available there.

It’s one of a few hotel-to-housing conversion projects in recent years. Denver helped fund a hotel in Globeville and two East Colfax motels to be converted into housing.

Denver’s Department of Housing Stability has said it plans to produce 900 supportive housing units within the next five years.

Denver seeks proposal for homeless communities

Johnston also announced a request for proposals to provide services for the small micro-communities he plans to build throughout the city.

“It’s going to take a whole ecosystem of service providers to really scale this effort related to micro-communities and to provide key wraparound supportive services,” said Cole Chandler, the mayor’s senior adviser for homeless resolution. “And so this RFP provides opportunity for multiple organizations to bid and also to look at the creation of kind of affinity group communities that might serve people from particular communities in a particular location in a way that’s unique to their needs.”

Chandler recently led the Colorado Village Collaborative, which was behind the Safe Outdoor Space initiatives to create temporary tiny home villages around the city.

Tents set up at Denver’s third ‘Safe Outdoor Space’ at Regis University (Credit: KDVR)

The mayor also said its recent effort to provide trash pickup around encampments and new bathroom access is improving health and safety around those sites.

Johnston was joined at the Wednesday news conference by the Homelessness Resolution Team.

The new mayor has said addressing homelessness would be a top priority for his administration. He said he plans to house 1,000 people by the end of 2023.