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John Hickenlooper's homeless-program plan for expansion: Kenny Be's Worst-Case Scenario

Five years into Mayor Hickenlooper's ten-year plan to end homelessness, the Road Home program has been honored for its success by the El Pomar Foundation. Hick's a penny-pinching genius and found that by doing something rather than nothing, he could reduce Denver's annual cost per homeless person from $40,000 to $15,000.

According to the Road Home website, the program has reduced 16th Street Mall panhandlers by 83 percent, and cut the number of chronically homeless by developing 759 housing units. With a program this successful comes the wish to expand services...

Roadworks: Without raising the budget, this program takes money allocated for street-maintenance-vehicle purchase, repair and fueling and uses it instead to fund a jobs program that encourages the homeless to clean the street corners where they panhandle.

John Hickenlooper's homeless-program plan for expansion: Kenny Be's Worst-Case Scenario

Additional Road-Home-inspired programs for homeless relatives and students are featured below. Roadbeds: By developing housing for the chronically homeless, Denver has made several emergency shelter beds available. Roadbeds would be an inter-city program that allows cities with similar Road Home programs to set aside a specified shelter for the use of out-of-town homeless visitors of local homeless residents.

John Hickenlooper's homeless-program plan for expansion: Kenny Be's Worst-Case Scenario

The Denver Road Home program has the potential to become the most famous thing to come out of our town since the Denver boot. A suggestion to honor it accordingly can be seen below. Road Scholars: With its national reputation for educating non-traditional students, Metro should drop the Roadrunner (which is not indigenous to Denver) and instead adopt a mascot that recognizes Denver's distinct character.

John Hickenlooper's homeless-program plan for expansion: Kenny Be's Worst-Case Scenario

This comic has featured other Worst-Case Scenarios for helping the homeless.

More from our Kenny Be/Comics archive: "Carmelo Anthony & other CO celebs who should be shot into space: Kenny Be's Fotochop Friday."

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