In 2015, the VOICE reported that Denver was on its way to creating a “functional zero” population of homeless veterans — where more veterans are leaving homelessness than entering. In early 2015, service providers hoped to reach achieve functional zero by the year’s end.Read More
The final part of a four-part series examining gentrification in Denver; its history, causes and where our city is going next. Part four asks the question of how Denver can use its past to determine its future.Read More
The Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community is celebrating its five-year anniversary as a new third-party report sheds light on the program’s successes and gaps. Does the innovative, and unusual, program work?Read More
Part three of a four-part series examining gentrification in Denver, its history, causes, and where our city is going next. Part three examines the role of art and artists in Denver’s development, and how it is managed by the City.Read More
The groundbreaking for Providence at the Heights (PATH), an affordable housing project in Aurora, will take place this month. PATH is the latest initiative of the Second Chance Center, which is focused on a campaign for housing accessibility. But their journey with PATH shows just how difficult that road can be.Read More
When Larry Hall moved to Denver, he thought everything was prepared: he had a Colorado driver’s license, he’d arranged a mailing address, and he was looking for the best way to transition into housing.Read More
Kayvan Khalatbari announced his candidacy for mayor of Denver in 2017, decidedly early at two years before the election. A year later he has momentum, raising over $100,000 for his campaign so far and outpacing Mayor Michael Hancock’s fundraising in the first quarter of 2018.Read More
Part II of a four-part series examining gentrification in Denver, its history, causes, and where our city is going next. Part II explores the connection between gentrification and historical segregation in Denver neighborhoods.Read More
This year, Durango became the latest city to add an ordinance banning sitting or lying on public sidewalks. Meanwhile, in Colorado Springs, it became illegal to sleep within 100 feet of waterways, a move the cities claimed was necessary because of increasing e.coli levels in the water.Read More
The Denver Public Library Central branch opens at 10 a.m. each week day. More than two dozen individuals, many living on the streets or in shelters, wait by the door. Public libraries are safe, free environments that serve as de facto drop in centers for homeless individuals. Denver Public Library hired their first social worker in 2015 to address the growing need. Since then, the team has grown to include four Peer Navigators and five social workers. In 2017, the team served 3,501 individuals and expects to serve an additional 1,500 customers in the next year as their star continues to grow.Read More
After the final school bell rings, many of Denver’s public school children cram their way onto buses, wait for their parents to pick them up, or simply walk home.
For others, their afternoons aren’t so simple.
More than 2,000 of Denver’s youth are facing homelessness in various forms. Some couch surf while others rely on shelters for warmth.Read More
Part one of a four-part series examining gentrification in Denver, its history, causes, and where our city is going next. The first part of the series will explore the historical beginnings of gentrification and how they still effect Denver and its residents today.Read More