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Moe Clark

Moe Clark

Moe Clark is a freelance journalist and former Colorado Newsline reporter who covered criminal justice, housing, homelessness and other social issues.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the journey your ballot takes to be counted

By: - October 24, 2020

Mail-in voting is well underway in Colorado and already shattering records. As of Oct. 23, over 1.4 million ballots have been returned in the state, according to the secretary of state’s office. During the 2016 elections, 706,135 ballots had been returned by this time.  In Colorado, all drop boxes opened and started accepting ballots on […]

What poll watchers can – and can’t – do at voting sites in Colorado

By: - October 23, 2020

During the first presidential debate on Sept. 29, President Donald Trump urged his supporters to “go into the polls and watch very carefully” for potential issues. But not anyone can walk into a polling place or election office and watch the process. Poll watchers, also referred to election watchers, are volunteers who are certified and […]

Statewide eviction moratorium ordered by Gov. Polis

By: - October 21, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday issued an executive order establishing a 30-day statewide eviction moratorium after months of pressure from housing advocates and in response to recommendations put forth by his own Special Eviction Prevention Task Force. The order reaffirms and clarifies a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eviction moratorium. The state had previously […]

Polis issues rental late fee ban through 2020; statewide eviction moratorium still pending

By: - October 16, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday announced an executive order banning forthcoming and accumulated late fees for Colorado renters through the end of the year in light of recommendations put forth by a state eviction prevention task force. The 10-person Special Eviction Prevention Task Force convened four times in September and October to establish short-term and […]

Racism and homelessness highlighted during three-day Denver ‘vigil’

By: - October 16, 2020

Community members gathered on the grass in front of the Denver City and County Building on Thursday afternoon to draw attention to the city’s affordable housing and homelessness crisis, which disproportionately affects Black people and other minority groups. The three-day event, called a “Race and Homelessness Vigil,” was put on by the local advocacy organization […]

Need legal advice? Colorado Judicial Department hosts free virtual informational events

By: - October 14, 2020

The Colorado Judicial Department will host Free Legal Resource Days at several court locations throughout the state to provide information and guidance to community members facing a wide range of legal issues.  Volunteer lawyers and others will teach sessions — some in-person, but most by telephone or videoconference — in seven judicial districts in late […]

Colorado’s prison sentencing laws are due for an overhaul. Here’s what could change.

By: - October 13, 2020

A state task force is attempting to overhaul Colorado’s prison sentencing laws — an undertaking that hasn’t been done in a comprehensive way in decades despite two similar efforts over the last 10 years. Sentence lengths are a key driver of Colorado’s prison population, which increased seven-fold between 1980 and 2016 as a result of […]

‘I’m so tired of the sweeps’: Denver clears out homeless encampment

By: - October 6, 2020

Denver residents Sophie Elias and her husband have lived in a tent at the corner of 14th Avenue and Logan Street for the past month and a half. They got married last month and moved to the area after the homeless encampment in front of Morey Middle School was dispersed in early August.  On Tuesday […]

Federal eviction moratorium complicates student homelessness prevention program

By: - October 5, 2020

A newly expanded homelessness prevention program out of Colorado’s Department of Local Affairs aims to give a handful of school districts the ability to provide direct financial assistance to families experiencing housing instability. But despite the funds becoming available Oct. 1, state housing officials and their nonprofit partners are still scrambling to figure out how […]

A special task force was asked to create eviction prevention policies. Will it only maintain the status quo?

By: - October 2, 2020

Leanne Wheeler wasn’t surprised when she saw who Gov. Jared Polis appointed to be on his 10-person Special Eviction Prevention Task Force. “When I saw the list of characters, and looked at the bios of who was to be involved, I thought to myself, ‘This will just be a sanctioning of doing as little as […]

‘Thousands’ of students not enrolled in school as Polis, school officials make plea to parents

By: - September 29, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis and school officials on Tuesday begged Colorado parents to enroll their children in school by Thursday — for their own kids’ wellbeing and because future school funding depends on it. “Your kid will return to school someday, post pandemic. And you don’t want them to be a year or more behind,” said […]

70,000 more Colorado households will be severely rent burdened in coming months, state estimates

By: - September 26, 2020

An estimated 70,000 more Colorado households will be severely rent burdened — spending more than half of their income on housing costs — in the coming months as assistance programs wind down and savings accounts dry up, according to a state housing analyst.  As of July, 165,567, or 22% of Colorado renters, were considered extremely […]