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Zornio: Why are Marshall fire victims more worthy of help than the chronically homeless?

It’s been nearly six weeks since I moved into my new house after being displaced by the Marshall fire. It’s not home yet, but it does have the most important elements: Four walls, a roof and appliances to keep me safe, dry and warm. Settling into my new house would not have been possible without […]

Posted inColoradans, Equity, Health, Housing, News, Social Services

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

Life for Rich Schehr is beautiful by day, but rowdy at night.  At night is when 61-year-old Schehr, who lives in the back of his truck in a leafy Aurora park, hears drinking and yelling, drug sales and sometimes gunshots.    “This is the only place they haven’t kicked me out of,” said Schehr, who has […]

Posted inHousing, News

“We used to never have anything like this”: In Douglas County, signs of homelessness are on the rise

Often, Dan Makelky, the human resources director for Douglas County, looks out his office window in Castle Rock and sees someone get released from the nearby county jail and wander down the road with nowhere to go.  Central Castle Rock is outside the Regional Transportation District. Without public transportation connecting the town to other areas, […]

Posted inNews, Politics and Government

Judge cuts key part of Denver’s camping ballot measure days before election

By Patty Nieberg, The Associated Press/Report for America A Denver ballot initiative that would have allowed residents to sue the city for a slow response to homeless encampment clean-ups has been amended in a court ruling just days before voters head to the polls and thousands have already cast their mail ballots. The proposed measure […]

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Silverman: Look closely, stop and listen, and you can find the heart of Denver

Where is the heart of Denver? A case can be made for Confluence Park. Perhaps the Capitol. Maybe the City and County Building. Locating any city’s thoroughfare named Broadway is usually a clue. My skyscraper window at 1600 Broadway faces southwest and directly across Broadway at Colorado’s wildest McDonald’s. I’ve visited for French fries a […]