‘There was no concern for my life’: Families losing homes despite federal eviction moratorium
WASHINGTON — The national moratorium on evictions, as well as rental assistance programs, weren’t enough protection to keep Katrina Chism and her family in their suburban Atlanta home when money got tight. Chism was laid off twice during the COVID-19 pandemic, and when she fell behind on rent, she faced an initial eviction notice. She was […]
Billionaires slipped the surly bonds of Earth but couldn’t escape its problems
“Billionaires slipped the surly bonds of Earth, but couldn’t escape its problems” first appeared in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Billionaire space cowboys Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson have rightfully been taking some flack for sub-orbital jaunts earlier this month that garnered plenty of headlines but little in the way of actual scientific advancement, apart from trying to normalize the idea […]
Colorado’s housing crisis touches every inch of the state. Lawmakers hope $400 million will help.
Colorado’s affordable housing crisis touches every inch of the state, whether it’s rising rents coupled with stagnant wages, limited available affordable units, or unattainable building costs. State lawmakers this session set aside $400 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to try to alleviate the growing housing pressure seen across the state. The challenge now will […]
Immediate removal of tents, propane tanks in public spaces approved by Boulder council
Boulder City Council members on Tuesday night approved an emergency rule that allows law enforcement to remove tents from public spaces without prior notice — part of the city’s months-long push to more aggressively enforce the city’s camping ban. The new ordinance is effective immediately. “Often in the process of removing an encampment, campers will […]
Colorado’s unemployment rate remains flat at 6.2%
Unemployment in Colorado remained essentially flat in June, the state’s labor department said Friday, marking the 15th consecutive month that the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has kept the statewide unemployment rate above 6% — a level more than double the pre-pandemic rate, which averaged 2.7% in 2019. Colorado employers reported adding roughly 10,500 […]
Key to disrupting Denver’s homeless-to-jail pipeline? Permanent supportive housing, study finds.
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 […]
Sen. Bennet, Colorado Democrats celebrate rollout of expanded child tax credit
The federal government on Thursday began sending out the first monthly payments to American families under the newly expanded child tax credit program, and the rollout is being celebrated by Colorado Democrats, including Sen. Michael Bennet, who helped lead a push by members of Congress to include the measure in a COVID-19 stimulus package passed […]
Colorado law boosts utility bill payment assistance for low-income households
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 […]
Universal broadband isn’t just an infrastructure challenge. It’s also about adoption.
Here in the Denver metroplex, almost every neighborhood has broadband available at their doorsteps. The vast majority of households can choose between three or more providers. While 13% of rural Coloradans lack broadband access, according to the Colorado Broadband Office, here are on the Front Range our digital divide is a challenge of broadband adoption, […]
Hancock meets with Biden on infrastructure package
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden met with a group of governors and mayors on Wednesday as he seeks to build support for a massive federal infrastructure package awaiting action from Congress. The local officials joining Biden in the Oval Office included Mayor Michael Hancock, of Denver, as well as Mayors Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio […]
Homeless advocates protest city’s camping ban during MLB All-Star Game
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
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 […]