A Compassionate Plan to Help our Homeless and Most Vulnerable
“We have come dangerously close to accepting the homeless situation as a problem we just can’t solve.”
- Linda Lingle
Two years ago, I welcomed 600 Denverites to a conversation entitled Move Along to Where? Together, we questioned the homeless “sweeps” and asked the mayor and city council where the homeless were to go given a lack of investment in housing and supportive services to lift people up. In the past two years, we’ve had some small wins – wins I’ve been honored to be a part of. As a neighborhood leader I advocated for and welcomed the Beloved Community Village, Denver’s first tiny home village for the homeless, and was honored to be the only non-resident to sit on the resident’s community advisory committee. And in 2017, I was honored by Denver Human Services for being the first community leader to employ homeless Denverites as part of the Denver Day Works program. These were small, but important steps, but there is so much more we must do. Homelessness is growing in Denver, and if a city’s job is to take care of her people, that means all people.