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Tatiana Flowers

Tatiana Flowers is the inequality and general assignment beat reporter for the Colorado Sun. She has covered crime and courts plus education and health in Colorado, Connecticut, Israel and Morocco. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, Zumba, learning how to DJ, and live music events. Rabbits are her favorite animal.

After COVID delay, metro Denver homelessness survey returns to measure the scope of housing crisis

The annual count of unhoused people hasn't happened since before the pandemic and is a "critical" part of measuring housing stability in the metro area.

Housing

Coloradans struggle to navigate insurance after losing a home to wildfire. State lawmakers want to make it easier.

Two Colorado lawmakers plan to introduce a bill that would shorten and simplify the insurance claims process after a declared fire disaster.

Wildfire

Supply and labor shortages double the time it’ll take to rebuild homes lost in the Marshall fire

Housing and construction management professionals estimated it could take up to three years to rebuild homes from scratch

Marshall Fire

Stitch by stitch, a traveling quilt honors more than 100 Black people killed across America

Four Colorado needleworkers contributed tiny portraits, pieced into two quilts for the Stitch Their Names Memorial Project, which honors a small number of Black people who lost their lives.

Equity

The Green Book helped Black travelers navigate the U.S. Now two women are creating a modern version in Colorado.

Crystal Egli and Parker McMullen Bushman, founders of the Inclusive Guide, hope to create economic incentives for businesses to become more inclusive of people who regularly experience discrimination.

Business

Victims of crimes in Colorado get vastly different level of services depending on race, report finds

The Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition’s report also links the lacking racial diversity of staff at victim services organizations to the underserving of victims of color in Colorado

Crime and Courts

Armed guards helped evict residents from an East Colfax motel in violation of tenant laws, suit claims

The VareCo notified tenants of the 95-unit Summit View Inn they had to leave, but pushed them out before they had their day in court. Now some are homeless.

Housing

Denver’s program to house people who were homeless was so successful, the federal government is offering millions more to expand it

In April 2022, the social impact bond initiative will recruit and house 125 more people who are chronically homeless

Housing

Aurora to improve use-of-force policies, hire more diverse first responders, per agreement with attorney general

Aurora’s police and fire departments have agreed on consent decree with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office following a string of controversies

Crime and Courts

Nearly half of all people released from prison in Colorado return in 3 years. A $1.1 million program aims to reverse the trend.

Recruiting “first-chance” employers willing to hire people just out of prison is critical to the program, which also will fund training, mentoring and other support

Crime and Courts

Cockroaches and sewage backups move low-income residents to sue one of Denver’s largest landlords

Mint Urban Infinity Apartments received $3,987 from the state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program which provides up to 15 months of rent to struggling tenants and landlords.

Housing

Homelessness in metro Denver isn’t waning. But research from CU Denver and a private think tank offers ideas to help.

Common Sense Institute and CU Denver researchers looked at programs working in the seven-county metro region in hopes of exporting the concepts to other communities.

Housing

New creative expression workshop aims to combat artists’ addiction, isolation and death in Colorado

Colorado Artists in Recovery originally formed to help people in recovery from drug addiction but it has evolved to also support people with other mental health issues

Health

A Colorado Springs wellness clinic is now barred from providing coronavirus vaccines

CDPHE barred Dr. Moma Health & Wellness Clinic leaders Friday from providing COVID-19 vaccines following a months-long investigation

Coronavirus
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