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Jun 28, 2018

What Good is Housing Help if You Can’t Spend it Anywhere? Denver Leader Wants to Ban “Income Discrimination.”

Councilwoman At-large Robin Kniech’s new bill, introduced today, would require Denver landlords to accept all forms of payment, including vouchers, ending what she describes as a form of discrimination.

Jun 25, 2018

As Colorado Construction Industry Makes Plans to Hire 30,000, Denver is Using its Leverage to Add Local-Hiring Rules on Projects

Local leaders are using the city’s leverage on a large public contract to make sure residents of disadvantaged neighborhoods share in the thousands of new jobs created by the construction boom in Denver.

Jun 24, 2018

For Denver Apartment Builders, Luxury Still King Despite Demand for Workforce Units

“I am concerned about an oversupply of luxury,” City Councilwoman Robin Kniech said this week. “I think there is this vague hope out there that if developers overbuild luxury, they will lower prices. I don’t see any evidence that is a likely outcome."

Jun 13, 2018

New Program Hopes to Give Tenants a Fair Chance in Eviction Cases

On June 13, Denver City Council announced a pilot program designed to prevent homelessness by providing low-income renters facing eviction free legal assistance. Colorado Legal Services will administer the program, which is funded through a combination of grants and contributions from the budgets of all thirteen city council members' offices.

Jun 13, 2018

PRESS RELEASE: Denver County Eviction Legal Defense pilot opens its doors

A new eviction legal defense pilot aimed at helping Denver residents stay in their homes opened its doors to clients today. The free legal help, provided by Colorado Legal Services and other legal providers, has two goals — help those facing eviction stay housed or reduce the barriers for evicted tenants to find future housing.

May 22, 2018

Real Estate Pros Host is-it-Gentrification-or-Revitalization Panel

Kniech said she thinks these marginalized communities deserve and need investment, but that she doesn’t believe that investment has to come at the cost of their staying in the area.

May 21, 2018

Nearly 500 Denver Households Received Help With Rent During a Pilot City Program That’s Getting a $1 Million Extension

A $1 million extension of the City of Denver’s pilot program which has assisted 486 low-income households with rent hikes, past-due utility bills and many other housing crises was approved by City Council on Monday night.

May 15, 2018

Seattle Scales Back Tax in Face of Amazon’s Revolt, but Tensions Linger

The new “Amazon Tax” will fund affordable housing and homeless services in Seattle, a city whose economic boom, driven in no small part by Amazon, has priced many residents out of the area and forced some onto the streets.

May 14, 2018

Denver’s Green Roof Initiative May Face Big Changes That Provide Less-Costly Options and Improved Outcomes

The Task Force's proposed draft outlines a complex set of alternatives geared toward reducing buildings’ greenhouse gas emissions, energy use and heat absorption. Not only would these alternatives reduce costs, they potentially would have a greater impact than the original ordinance.

Apr 25, 2018

Five Points Neighbors Close the Door to Apartments and Big Houses After Two-Year Crusade

The Denver City Council voted unanimously to rezone about 100 properties around 25th and Glenarm, a change that will limit the area’s redevelopment and preserve its character.

 

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