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Are you a victim of wage theft? Denver will soon have a new investigative unit for that.

BY: - 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 […]

Denver City Council members discuss community push to reimagine public safety

BY: - 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 […]

Denver program that replaces police with mental health pros seeks advisory board members — and more funding

BY: - June 23, 2021

Denver’s Support Team Assisted Response Program — which redirects some crisis 911 calls to mental health professionals instead of law enforcement — is looking for volunteers to serve on their advisory committee to help track and evaluate the program’s outcomes. The STAR Program deploys emergency response teams that include emergency medical technicians and behavioral health […]

Colorado’s Second Chance Center is redefining what success looks like after incarceration

BY: - June 4, 2021

Audrey Tennyson was filling out paperwork at the front desk of Aurora’s Second Chance Center when he looked up and spotted a familiar face. A flood of relief washed over him.  “Taj, is that you?” Tennyson recalled yelling into the hall before pulling the 6-foot-5 man in for a bear hug. It was the first […]

‘We’re going to mobilize every single district’: What’s next for the Denver task force that wants to reimagine policing

BY: - June 1, 2021

For eight months, a group of nearly 100 community members met virtually for two hours every Thursday with a unified goal: to create a roadmap for how Denver could reimagine its approach to public safety. The Denver Task Force to Reimagine Policing and Public Safety — which included over 40 entities representing faith community members, […]

Denver approves first funding for safe outdoor spaces for people experiencing homelessness

BY: - February 17, 2021

In July, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced he would allow people to live outdoors and promised that several temporary sanctioned camp sites would be established throughout the city. Now, eight months later, one nonprofit is getting the financial support to do so. Denver City Council on Tuesday awarded a nearly $900,000 contract to Colorado Village […]

More unrelated people allowed to live under the same roof with Denver City Council zoning change

BY: - February 10, 2021

It’s been a long road for Denver to allow more than two unrelated people to legally live under the same roof.  After nearly three years of discussion, the change finally came on Monday when Denver City Council voted to overhaul the city’s zoning code to allow five unrelated people to live in the same household. […]

Denver gives initial approval for $1.1 million for low-income eviction legal defense fund

BY: - February 3, 2021

A potential infusion of cash pending approval from Denver City Council would allow more low-income renters in Denver who are facing potential eviction to access free legal advice and representation. A Denver City Council committee on Wednesday gave the first approval for a three-year, $1.1 million contract between the city’s Department of Housing Stability and Colorado […]

Police accountability in Denver hampered by lack of documentation during protests

BY: - December 16, 2020

When Nick Mitchell, Denver’s independent law enforcement watchdog, received a formal request from City Council in June to conduct an investigation into the Denver Police Department’s aggressive crowd control methods during the summer protests for racial justice, he wasn’t surprised. “I was already engaged in discussions with a lot of people, including city officials, who […]

Here’s how officials want to use Denver’s new Homelessness Resolution Fund

BY: - December 5, 2020

Denver voters in November voted to create a 0.25% sales tax increase to establish a fund dedicated to helping address the city’s homelessness crisis. Now, the city is trying to figure out how to allocate the money. The new pot of money, called the Homelessness Resolution Fund, can be used for housing development, rental assistance, […]

Sales tax hike to fund climate change efforts now up to Denver voters

BY: - August 4, 2020

Denver voters will decide in November whether to approve a 0.25% sales tax hike to better fund the city’s efforts to combat climate change. In an 11-1 vote, Denver City Council members gave final approval on Aug. 3 to a bill referring the tax measure to the November ballot, potentially giving the city a new […]