Are you a victim of wage theft? Denver will soon have a new investigative unit for that.
By: Moe Clark - July 20, 2021
Denver’s City Attorney’s Office will soon start cracking down on employers who don’t pay their workers what they are owed. A new city ordinance, unanimously approved by Denver City Council on Monday, makes it a crime to “knowingly refuse to pay a wage or compensation to a worker or falsely deny the amount of a […]
Key to disrupting Denver’s homeless-to-jail pipeline? Permanent supportive housing, study finds.
By: Moe Clark - July 16, 2021
The city of Denver embarked on a five-year experiment in 2016 to see if it could disrupt the city’s robust homeless-to-jail pipeline by providing permanent supportive housing, which couples housing with services such as substance use and mental health treatment. The results? A “remarkably successful initiative,” said Mary Cunningham, vice president of the Metropolitan Housing […]
Colorado law boosts utility bill payment assistance for low-income households
By: Moe Clark - July 15, 2021
A new Colorado law boosts funding for utility bill payment assistance for low-income residents by establishing small monthly fees on electricity and gas customers. “Families across Colorado are struggling to keep the lights on, and our current utility assistance system is not funded well enough to help every family in need,” Rep. Chris Kennedy, a […]
Homeless advocates protest city’s camping ban during MLB All-Star Game
By: Moe Clark - July 14, 2021
As baseball fans flocked to Denver on Tuesday for the MLB All-Star game, a crowd of homeless advocates and people experiencing homelessness gathered at a nearby park to protest the city’s continuous clearing of homeless encampments. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has denied that the city’s recent increase in homeless sweeps are related to the historic […]
Colorado housing experts finalize formal recommendations for alleviating state’s affordable housing crisis
By: Moe Clark - July 14, 2021
A coalition of housing experts across Colorado has finalized formal recommendations for how the state can alleviate its affordable housing crisis. The Strategic Housing Working Group, convened by the state’s Department of Local Affairs in the fall, presented its final recommendations to Colorado’s State Housing Board during a public meeting on July 13. Next, the […]
Denver City Council members discuss community push to reimagine public safety
By: Moe Clark - July 13, 2021
Denver City Council members are inching closer to what will likely be a heated debate regarding the future of policing and public safety in the Mile High City. In May, council members were presented with a 53-page report from a group of nearly 100 community members that spent eight months compiling a “roadmap” for how […]
A wave of new criminal justice laws were enacted in Colorado. Here are the big takeaways.
By: Moe Clark - July 12, 2021
A requirement that bond hearings occur within 48 hours of arrest. A push to recalibrate the punishments for misdemeanor crimes. An effort to allow more people to seal their criminal records to leave their worst mistakes behind them. Banning law enforcement from directing medical professionals to use the powerful sedative ketamine. These are a few […]
Elephants partly inspired these new Colorado laws
By: Moe Clark - July 7, 2021
When an elephant goes into labor in the wild, its herd quickly surrounds her in a tight circle, standing ready to fight any threats that come her way. The births, as with humans, can extend for many hours or even days. “It’s this incredible vision of defense and protection,” said Indra Lusero, founder and director […]
He says he was assaulted while trying to stop his car from being towed. Then Lakewood police violently arrested him.
By: Moe Clark - July 2, 2021
A Lakewood man was violently arrested in February after he was involved in an altercation with a tow truck driver. Ameer Allen is now facing four misdemeanor charges, including assault, resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer, and harassment with a maximum jail sentence of four years and up to $7,750 in fines, not including court […]
As abortion access shrinks nationwide, Colorado remains a sanctuary state for reproductive health care
By: Moe Clark - June 30, 2021
When Lorenne Gavish found out she was pregnant in 2019 while living in New Mexico, she felt as if she was drowning in her abusive relationship. For Gavish, who now lives in Colorado, her first decision as a mother was to wait to become one. “Having been able to have that abortion and extract myself […]
Have thoughts about Denver’s approach to homelessness? Come to this meeting.
By: Moe Clark - June 28, 2021
Denver city housing officials are hosting community meeting on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the outdoor Greek Theatre in Civic Center Park to discuss the city’s approach to tackling its growing homelessness crisis. The goal of the meeting is to solicit feedback from residents about current city programs for people experiencing homelessness; […]
Colorado Judicial Branch seeks applications for Eviction Legal Defense Fund grants
By: Moe Clark - June 24, 2021
The Colorado Judicial Branch is seeking applications for its Eviction Legal Defense Fund grant program. To be eligible for the program, an organization must be a nonprofit currently providing legal services for low-income tenants in Colorado and receiving more than 20% of its funding from sources other than the Eviction Legal Defense Fund, according to […]