DENVER (KDVR) — Wednesday morning, Denver Mayor Mike Johnston gave an update on the ongoing efforts to tackle homelessness in the city.

Shortly after 10:15 a.m., Johnston spoke at the Denver City and County Building. The mayor’s goal is to help 1,000 people find shelter or housing by the end of 2023.

Johnston said his administration conducted its first sweep of a homeless encampment this week. He said the encampment was rat-infested, and health and safety necessitated the move.

Tuesday, a series of town halls kicked off giving neighbors a chance to weigh in on the issue. Town halls will continue through next Thursday.

Johnston issued an emergency declaration on July 28 and initiated a partnership with 78 neighborhoods. The new mayor has said addressing homelessness would be a top priority for his administration.

The emergency declaration means Denver can receive state and federal funding. Johnston has already launched an emergency action team to help with his goals.