The Coconino County Board of Supervisors plans to release more information on the closing of the Hotel Aspen lease at the Oct. 6 board meeting.
In addition to the nightly room rate of quarantining patients, the county expects to support the shelter’s operations and staff costs at the new hotel. The official decision is pending board approval, according to Kim Musselman, county director of special initiatives.
“[The shelter] has been awesome to step into this space to work with us, knowing it was time to scale down the operation we had going at Hotel Aspen,” Musselman said.
Musselman and the shelter acknowledged that the census of Hotel Aspen was often low, saying that was in part because of the work the shelter had been doing to house unsheltered people.
“One of the biggest reasons [for the low census] is because of the work of Flagstaff Shelter Services, and other shelter partners as well, really limiting their congregate shelter operation,” Musselman said.
Ross Altenbaugh, director of Flagstaff Shelter Services, said the shelter often relied on the county’s health expertise, and described the partnership as a “win-win.”
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“I feel great about it,” Altenbaugh said. “I think it makes sense for us to be working with this population. These are often our clients.”