Posted inCrime and Courts, Housing, News

Federal judge requires week notice before encampment sweeps in Denver

A federal judge has ordered city officials in Denver to give seven-day notices before clearing out illegal homeless encampments in the city. Judge William Martinez ruled on Monday that Denver must give a week’s notice before each sweep, regardless of the size of the encampments, after finding out that city officials had not done so […]

Posted inBusiness, COVID, Health, Politics and Government

Coloradans already struggling to afford housing say coronavirus has made their situation worse

Elizabeth Zacarias and her husband owned their own mobile home for 10 years, renting a slice of property in the Denver Meadows RV Park in Aurora. Amid a battle over whether the owner could close the park for redevelopment, rent went up periodically. In one year, rent increased three times, Zacarias said, in Spanish through […]

Posted inBusiness, Coloradans, COVID, Health, Politics and Government

Six months after eviction, a Denver woman wonders if she’ll ever have stable housing again

Despite two weeks of a harsh cough and feeling achy and awful while she was sick with COVID-19, as well as lingering shortness of breath weeks later, contracting the coronavirus in late October is not the worst thing that has happened to Mireya Marquez this year. Marquez, 39, a transgender woman living in Denver, was […]

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Eviction ban or not, Colorado tenants still worry about their rent while landlords struggle to survive

Vikki Miller began 2020 with a divorce. Then the coronavirus started spreading in Colorado. Now she faces homelessness.  The Colorado Springs resident stopped working as an Uber driver in March and hasn’t returned because her immune system is compromised. She’s been unable to find a new gig that lets her work safely at home. In […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Trump is wrong. Fair housing is social justice, economic justice and welcome in the suburbs

President Trump is attempting to undermine the very fabric of our communities, including the diversity of our nation’s suburbs, by using unfounded, hurtful scare tactics.  In comments he made in late July, first on Twitter and then at a Texas rally, he said, “It’s been hell for suburbia” and that “people living their Suburban Lifestyle […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Health

Anxieties familiar and new persist for Coloradans living with disabilities during coronavirus

Take what you know about the complications and hurdles COVID-19 has thrown into most Colorado lives since March. Then imagine navigating all that while living with a significant disability, and multiply what you were thinking by many times more. The family of Bennett Lewis, 19, knows they have been fortunate to keep their developmentally delayed […]

Posted inBusiness, Growth, News, Politics and Government

Summit County’s plan to end a conservation easement to build senior housing is riling locals and land trusts

Summit County leaders plan to rescind a conservation easement from the late 1990s to make room for housing, and that’s drawn the attention of local residents and land trusts across Colorado. Melissa Daruna, the executive director of Keep It Colorado, the coalition of more than 30 state land trusts, said her members “never want to […]