Eight years ago, after a $300,000 renovation job that installed low-maintenance plants, easily hosed-off pavement and benches where you could sit, not sleep, the city dedicated Edward J. "Eddie" Maestas Park at the corner of Broadway, Lawrence and Larimer streets, renaming Triangle Park after a long ... More >>
Over 15 percent of inmates in the U.S. prison system report having been homeless at some point in the year before their incarceration. This statistic from a 2008 Yale study is cited by Cycles of Street to Prison / Prison to Street, an original collaboration between the LIDA Project and Source Theatr ... More >>
In our recent cover story, "Bed Check," which chronicles the challenges homeless women in Denver face, we note the need for both emergency shelter and more permanent homes. In the latter category, a group called the Empowerment Program is now pushing forward with a housing project specifically for f ... More >>
This week, StandUp For Kids founder Richard Koca was arrested on suspicion of child-sexual assault. Given Koca's devotion to working with homeless youth, he had plenty of access to kids over the years, as police note. But one reader says Koca never took advantage of her, despite having many opportun ... More >>
After months without a place to legally camp outside following passage of the city's controversial urban camping ban, Occupy Denver members have finally found a place to bed down where the police can't really bother them: outside Sports Authority. With the company snagging a special permit for its ... More >>
Today marks the announced effective date of Denver's new urban camping ban, an ordinance that makes it illegal to camp on public or private property without permission. After months of debate, followed by a two-week implementation period, both Occupy Denver and the homeless community prepared for it ... More >>
The fallout from the protest at Snooze over the now-approved urban camping ban continues to rumble through our comments section. Here's a prime example -- a response from a reader who feels those targeting the eatery are only feigning homelessness.
The proprietors of Snooze were surprised to find themselves at the center of the protest over the proposed urban camping ban after co-owner Brianna Borin spoke in favor of the ordinance at a Denver City Council hearing. Last weekend, members of Occupy Denver flocked to the original Snooze at 23rd a ... More >>
At a city council meeting yesterday afternoon, Police Chief Robert White outlined what he called a "passive" plan for the Denver Police Department to enforce the urban camping ban if it is passed. As drafted, the strategy calls for law enforcement to partner with outreach workers, and White promises ... More >>
"Everyone take a deep breath." So began today's first public meeting about the proposed urban camping ban, organized by City Council's Land Use, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee in front of a group so large it breached fire code. While organizers stressed its purpose as an informational mee ... More >>
One of Denver's most iconic hometown heroes was Bruce Randolph Senior, a Five Points restaurateur who ran a soul food restaurant, Daddy Bruce's, and a legacy that has endured for nearly fifty years. Randolph Senior, considered one of the godfathers of barbecue in Denver, got his start using a self ... More >>
Neil Therrell.Neil Therrell doesn't know what day it is. More than that, even: He has no idea. His first guess is October 22, and when he is told that was last Saturday, he appears skeptical and asks what day of the week it is. Therrell is more behind than most, but unlike many huddled arou ... More >>
Mayor Michael Hancock and several Denver City Council members are talking up a potential overnight camping ban in public places, including the 16th Street Mall. Given the brouhaha over camping by Occupy Denver, which has been joined by numerous homeless protesters, is this notion a preemptive ... More >>
Manzanares.Jonathan Shikes's most recent Shmuck of the Week post highlighted Michelle Manzanares, accused of giving her teen daughter booze and weed -- gifts allegedly commemorated in photos and video. One reader had unkind words for such parenting, but the following commenter offered a diffe ... More >>
Joe Carabello.A group of homeless men mulled playing another inning of softball this morning at Sonny Lawson Park. One man gestured to his nonexistent watch. Another joked, "My accountant can wait." So the game went on, thanks to the Homeless Diamond program created and sponsored by local rea ... More >>
Man, being in a band is hard. Sometimes it's so hard that in order to eat, you need to stand on Colfax and Speer to get people into your show. That was apparently the reason why the bands decided to utilize the cardboard box to advertise their show this Saturday, or so we're assuming.
The 16th Street Mall used to be a panhandlers' paradise. But one recent Friday, when I walked the mall from one end to the other on a challenge from a booster who thought it'd gone downhill, I saw nothing but busy, happy people -- and Denver Voice vendors, so polite and friendly they could h ... More >>
The $180,000 man: CCFH president John Parvensky.Grappling with a shortfall in government funding and a rising tide of people displaced by a wretched economy, officers and senior staff of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless will make some tough decisions this evening about what they and th ... More >>
HomeAid Colorado helps the homeless with style and fashion.
As if you needed another reason besides the band's funky tunes to head down to the Bluebird this Thursday, February 19, for the U.S. Pipe CD-release show (check out Jon Solomon's Backbeat feature on the band from this week's paper if you haven't already), you can grab yourself a free beer and help o ... More >>
The Denver Rescue Mission and more than fifty volunteers are serving up their traditional holiday dinner to homeless men, women and children today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lawrence Street Shelter, 1130 Park Avenue West. New this year: every guest - and the organization expects about 500 peopl ... More >>
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For this fifteen-year-old, it's been a long road to home.
From the week of 3/15/2007
Eddie Maestas gave his heart to the Larimer neighborhood. Now his name is at the heart of it.
Knit for the Homeless shows true glove
The homeless find harmony -- and hope -- in music.
Gates Mansion, now Dave's Place
A new panhandling restriction has its roots in the now-ended newspaper war.
Order in the Court
Bag Ladies Ball doesn't quite bring it all together.
Merchants battle transients on the mall.
U.S. Mission supports a network of professional beggars who go door-to-door to pay their rent.
Politics and pollution bubble just under the surface of the former Lowry Air Force Base.
BROTHERS JEFF AND JONATHAN SET OUT ON DIFFERENT PATHS. ONLY ONE SURVIVED.A DEATH IN THE FAMILY HOLLYWOOD WANTED TO MAKE A MOVIE OF JEFF DAHL'S LIFE--BUT NOT WITH THIS ENDING.