Last week, we wrote about advocacy organization Denver Homeless Out Loud's argument that a $1.8 million security plan to add ten new police officers to patrol the Ballpark neighborhood, LoDo and the 16th Street Mall represents a new effort to criminalize homelessness. This evening, the Denver City ... More >>
Patricia Calhoun's recent post about the Ballpark Neighborhood Association opposing a homeless-day-center proposal prompted a huge debate among Westword readers, with residents decrying a homelessness situation that's allegedly getting out of control pitted against folks who feel people down on thei ... More >>
It was two years ago that Denver City Council passed a ban on urban camping, promising to offer new services for the homeless population that would be pushed off the 16th Street Mall and out into nearby neighborhoods. For two years, residents of the Ballpark neighborhood watched as more and more hom ... More >>
You wouldn't think members of Occupy Denver were big customers of The Palm, an upscale steakhouse. But they figured out how to make their voices heard at the Denver location of the chain: They gathered outside the restaurant located just off the Sixteenth Street Mall, at 1672 Lawrence Street, and co ... More >>
The Palm has announced that it no longer supports the anti-camping ordinance passed by Denver City Council on May 14, 2012. That announcement follows a months-long boycott by Occupy Denver, which turned its attention on the Palm after Snooze, the subject of the initial boycott efforts, rescinded its ... More >>
Access to basic products and services -- like haircuts, lip balm, tampons -- can be difficult for Denver's homeless population to find. That's why the city's annual free resource fair for the homeless, Project Homeless Connect, is so important. More than forty organizations took part in this week's ... More >>
How to describe the behavior of some homeless people and assorted members other groups in Boulder? A new update on homeless issues, presented in the context of Boulder County's "Ten-Year Plan to Address Homelessness Progress," deploys an unusual term: "unwelcoming." See the document, shared as par ... More >>
As the weather heats up, so do concerns that the camping ban Denver City Council approved a year ago has not worked as envisioned. Last week, Denver Homeless Out Loud released the results of its survey of 500 homeless people on the impact of the ban, which took effect on May 28, 2012. And tonight, ... More >>
In our latest feature, "Bed Check," we take a close look at the day-to-day challenges homeless women in Denver face when navigating the emergency shelter system. This is just one piece of the available-services puzzle, and the city says it is dedicated to long-term solutions. So what is Denver doing ... More >>
In "Bed Check," this week's feature, we take a close look at the challenges homeless women face when trying to find safe places to sleep in Denver. Incidentally, Denver's Road Home, the agency that oversees homeless issues, has just released an assessment of the city's shelter programs -- a report w ... More >>
Thousands of homeless individuals in Denver came out to the Colorado Convention Center this week seeking services as part of an event called Project Homeless Connect. It's an effort by the city to actively reach out to those in need -- and one that comes after a summer of intense criticism tied to a ... More >>
Denver allows camping for shoppers but not for homeless people with nowhere to go. At least that was last week's message from Occupy Denver during protests about allowing Sports Authority shoppers to camp out for bargains months after the city began enforcing its urban camping ban, which prohibits t ... More >>
In the past week, Denver has welcomed the creation of almost 200 units of low-income housing for families and former members of the city's homeless community. Today, seven days after Bluff Lake Apartments launched 92 units, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless marked the grand opening of the $17 ... More >>
Snooze found itself at the center of a protest over the camping ban after co-owner Brianna Borin spoke in favor of the ordinance at a Denver City Council hearing. During peak breakfast hours two weekends ago, members of Occupy Denver flocked to the original Snooze, at 23rd and Larimer streets, with ... More >>
When Snooze co-owner Brianna Borin spoke out in support of the urban camping ban at a city council hearing two weeks ago, Occupy Denver members took offense and launched a morning-long rally against the restaurant spot -- which employed four homeless individuals inside at that very moment. Days late ... More >>
Although there have been rumblings about it for months, Denver's proposed urban camping ordinance has only been circulated in draft form for the past few weeks. In this week's feature, "For the homeless, 'urban camping' is no picnic," Jef Otte took a look at its direct implications by spending a nig ... More >>
The urban camping ban, currently scheduled for a May 7 city council vote, is moving too quickly for Denver neighborhood leaders. On Saturday, the Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation urged the council to push its decision back until past May 12, when the group will discuss it internally. But councilman Al ... More >>
As witnessed by a Westword item from October, Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver's business and outreach communities have spent months discussing and debating a push to ban overnight camping on public property. Now that the issue is reportedly scheduled to be addressed in a City Council committee meet ... More >>
full-sized comic belowFive years into Mayor Hickenlooper's ten-year plan to end homelessness, the Road Home program has been honored for its success by the El Pomar Foundation. Hick's a penny-pinching genius and found that by doing something rather than nothing, he could reduce Denver's annua ... More >>
A tent damaged by GJ police.Last month, we told you about claims that Grand Junction Police officers had vandalized a homeless camp -- assertions followed by the firing of three GJPD members. But the story's not over. In recent days, another cop's resigned and a colleague's been placed on le ... More >>
The ACLU is challenging a Boulder ordinance that penalizes homeless people for sleeping outside under the cover of blankets -- even when the city's homeless shelter is full. That's what happened to David Madison. He was ticketed last November under the city's controversial camping ban for s ... More >>
A Flickr photoColorado Springs is trying to do away with sights like these.On Monday, we told you about the face-off between columnist/AM 760 host David Sirota and Colorado Springs councilman Sean Paige over the perception that the Springs' conservative policies have made bad problems worse d ... More >>
Homeless is where the heart is.
Aid to the homeless brings out the long arm of the law.
No room at the Inn.
We're all just a home away from homeless.
Charity began at home. This home.
Age before duty
Going camping across the country.
A camp for the homeless works in Portland. Can it work here, too?
Want to help the homeless? Wake up and smell the coffee.
A crackdown on driver's licenses harms the homeless.
Homeless women and families have a new place in Denver to lay their heads.
There goes the neighborhood
A judge may force Colorado to take care of its homeless mentally ill population.
Everyone said they wanted homeless people to be invisible at Lowry. So why aren't they?
City Hall's plan for dealing with the homeless is very short term.
Michael Paglia's brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.
Homeless people say fees for background checks are a get-rich-quick scheme for social service agencies.
Tenants say that Triton Properties is playing dirty in its efforts to clean up Colfax.
WHILE TELEMARKETERS RAISE MONEY FOR A NEW FOOD BANK--AND THEMSELVES--ONE POLITICALLY POWERFUL NEIGHBOR WANTS THE PROJECT SHELVED.