Posted inColoradans, Equity, Housing, News, Politics and Government

A Native-inclusive safe campsite has opened in Denver. But some lament loss of community.

When Wanbli Cabrera and several of her family members started camping outside of Four Winds American Indian Council at West Fifth Avenue and Bannock Street in Denver five months ago, they were running out of options.  They had been camping on the streets of Denver for years — two, in Cabrera’s case, and longer for […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Why Coloradans experiencing homelessness need COVID-19 vaccination now

Gov. Jared Polis missed the mark when he said in early February that it would “cost lives” to divert COVID-19 vaccines to younger, “healthier” people because “they happen to be homeless.”   In fact, the opposite is true – it would save lives. Here’s why. Congregate shelters, which thousands of unhoused Coloradans rely on for emergency […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Health, Housing, News

Confusion and omissions dampen hopes for speedy COVID-19 vaccinations of unhoused Coloradans

Advocates for people experiencing homelessness in Colorado are worried and frustrated that neither homeless shelter residents nor people living on streets are included in the state’s current COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan. An October 2020 draft state vaccination priority plan didn’t mention those living on streets, but did include people living in shelters during the second phase of […]