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Deaths among Denver area homeless nearly double from five years ago

The most common place of death for the homeless was outdoors and the most common cause was overdose.

News

The next big move to solve homelessness is a metro Denver recovery campus. But which city will host it?

The governor’s plan is still in the works, but advocates want a residential campus with drug treatment and peer support, where people who are homeless could live for up to two years.

News

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

This is in a county with the highest median household income in metro Denver and the lowest percentage of people in poverty. It's also a county where housing costs are rising sharply.

Housing

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

Indigenous people account for an outsized percentage of homeless people in Denver. Sweeping their camps repeats the historical harms of forced displacement, advocates say.

Equity

As people are increasingly drawn outdoors, the risk of wildfires is rising

A study of fires in the San Juan National Forest showed that people don’t start the majority of southwest Colorado’s wildfires, but those they do ignite are near roads and hiking trails

Outdoors

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

Colorado’s governor wants to enlist private companies to help fix public problems with new partnership office

Gov. Jared Polis’ budget proposal seeks $1.3 million to create a state public-private partnership office. Public policy observers are skeptical.

Politics and Government

Colorado governor eyes former youth corrections campus for new homeless recovery center

Gov. Polis toured the Ridge View campus Monday and spoke of plans to house hundreds of people who are homeless and in need of job training and addiction recovery.

Housing

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

The judge ruled that the 72-hour time limit was unlawful and should be removed

Politics and Government

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

Denver suburbs look to address homelessness as more camps move south and community tension builds

The cities of Littleton, Englewood and Sheridan passed a homelessness action plan. Residents are regularly calling police to report homelessness.

Housing

Where have Colorado’s workers gone? Some say: “We’re still here. Hire us!”

The labor market continues to get even more complex as employers and workers recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Data shows fewer workers are out there though. So, where did they go?

Economy

Opinion: Access to water is a human right, unless you’re unhoused in Denver

Only a portion of public restrooms and water fountains in parks are in working order

Opinion Columns

Inside Colorado’s attempt to police the growing number of homeless camps in national forests

More homeless camps have been popping up in Colorado’s national forests during the pandemic

Outdoors

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

After watching Denver businesses close their doors due to COVID and protests, even the reopening of a downtown McDonald's offered a pick-me-up

Opinion Columns

Advocates decry Denver homeless sweeps ahead of MLB’s All-Star game

Housing

10 moves in 4 months: Following one homeless couple’s endless migration around Denver

Inside the reality of living in Denver's roving tent communities through snow, heat, sweeps — and a pandemic

News

Rep. Amabile: Colorado’s failure to address severe mental illness is a human disaster

It’s time to bring a sense of urgency and commitment to helping these individuals.

Opinion Columns

Residents of Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood sue to stop legal homeless site from opening in church parking lot

The legal encampments are meant to be cleaner and more stable environments for those experiencing a lack of shelter.

Housing

“The reading man” of Grand Junction was killed by a stranger. His friends in downtown aren’t done telling his story.

Warren Barnes read near a bridal shop almost every day. The man accused of murdering him told cops he thought no one would notice he was gone.

Crime and Courts
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