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Moe Clark

Moe Clark

Reporter Moe Clark covers criminal justice, housing and homelessness, and other social issues for Colorado Newsline.

Colorado’s pandemic rental assistance programs get closer look from state auditors

By: - May 12, 2021

Colorado’s Division of Housing within the state’s Department of Local Affairs is getting a closer look from state auditors this year. Two performance audits are underway to evaluate the state’s rental assistance program for landlords and the administrative costs associated with distributing the pandemic relief funds that were allocated by lawmakers during last year’s special […]

Growing number of law enforcement agencies are accepting Colorado digital IDs

By: - May 10, 2021

A growing number of law enforcement agencies in Colorado are accepting digital IDs uploaded to the myColorado mobile app as proof of identity, age and address during traffic stops, according to a press release from Gov. Jared Polis’ office. Police Departments in Denver, Brighton, Broomfield, Cherry Hills Village, Colorado Springs, Durango, Johnstown, Lakewood, Loveland, Morrison, […]

DA in Colorado’s 17th district drops charges against five Elijah McClain protest leaders

By: - May 7, 2021

District Attorney Brian Mason announced on Thursday that he will dismiss all felony and misdemeanor charges filed in the 17th Judicial District against five people who led protests last summer demanding justice for Elijah McClain, who died after a violent encounter with Aurora police in August 2019. “I have an ethical obligation to only proceed […]

Denver announces intent to purchase 95-unit hotel to shelter people experiencing homelessness

By: - May 7, 2021

The city of Denver announced on Thursday plans to purchase and renovate a hotel in the city’s Central Park neighborhood to be used as shelter for people experiencing homelessness.  The Stay Inn Hotel, which currently has 95 units, is located at 12033 E. 38th Avenue in northeast Denver. For now, the space will be used […]

More than $800K in federal pandemic relief to aid Colorado arts and culture

By: - May 4, 2021

Colorado’s creative sector is getting an infusion of federal relief funds to help the industry weather the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Endowment for the Arts  announced on Tuesday that Colorado Creative Industries will receive $827,800 in the first round of federal funding through the American Rescue Plan. Prior to the pandemic, […]

Supportive housing has proved successful for addressing chronic homelessness. Why isn’t there more in Colorado?

By: - May 4, 2021

For decades, housing providers and researchers have shown that providing permanent supportive housing — which couples affordable housing programs with substance use and mental health treatment — is a successful model for helping people experiencing chronic homelessness find stability.  The challenge has been soliciting the funding and political will to put it into practice. Denver […]

Colorado distributed $3.69 million in April to fund affordable housing projects across the state

By: - April 30, 2021

The Colorado Division of Housing, an agency within the Department of Local Affairs, awarded $3.69 million in April to help fund affordable housing projects spread throughout the state.  “We are excited to be announcing a list of diverse housing projects across the state that address permanent supportive housing needs for homeless Coloradans, rural workforce housing, […]

Boulder City Council gives initial OK for $2.7M to clear homeless encampments and hire more ‘eyes on the ground’

By: - April 29, 2021

Boulder City Council members on Tuesday night gave the green light for city staff to move forward with four proposals that would ultimately increase the policing of people experiencing homelessness and the enforcement of the city’s camping ban.  Council members unanimously supported creating an encampment cleanup team to be located within the city’s Utilities Department. […]

Colorado is officially getting another seat in Congress, but it’s still unclear where the district will be drawn

By: - April 27, 2021

Carly Hare, an unaffiliated voter and chair of Colorado’s newly formed independent congressional redistricting commission, started the group’s Monday meeting with a moment of celebration.  “We are an eight congressional district state now, which means interesting work ahead for us,” she said with a nervous laugh.  Colorado is among six states that will gain at […]

Coloradans could know as soon as Friday whether the state will gain another seat in Congress

By: - April 22, 2021

Coloradans will soon know whether the state will gain another congressional seat for the next election — a key question that will shape the state’s once-in-a-decade redistricting process. Carly Hare, an unaffiliated voter and chair of the state’s newly formed independent congressional redistricting commission, announced during the group’s public meeting on Wednesday that the U.S. […]

Criminal records linger long after a conviction. This bill would allow more people to seal their records.

By: - April 21, 2021

When Steffan Richardson was released from prison after serving a year-long sentence, he felt like he was starting from scratch. “I had nothing,” Richardson, who is now the director of business development for Denver-based nonprofit Tribe Recovery Homes, told lawmakers on Tuesday. “I struggled to find stable housing and a good job like I once […]

Colorado’s halfway houses receive millions in state funds every year despite poor outcomes

By: - April 20, 2021

Colorado funnels tens of millions of dollars each year into residential community correction facilities — also called halfway houses — that aim to support people reentering society after involvement in the criminal justice system. But unlike other state-supported programs, Colorado’s halfway houses receive the same amount of funds regardless of how successful they are.  “Right […]