UPDATE: there is a runoff in these races →
Mary Beth Susman
A Denver Voter Guide on Homelessness & Housing
Candidates A to Z
(Alternative Solutions Advocacy Project)
Made up of service providers, advocacy organizations, business leaders, faith leaders, people with experience of homelessness and private citizens, ASAP is seeking solutions to the dual crises of unaffordable housing and homelessness. These crises require urgent and creative action from every section, and demand bold action from Denver’s elected leaders in particular. For every 100 households earning below 30% of Area Median Income (or $26,950 for a family of four) there are only 26 affordable units available. This means thousands of Denverites are paying over 30%
of their monthly income on housing, leaving less and less left over for necessities like health care, education, transportation, child care, and enjoying life in our beautiful state. Displacement and homelessness undermine a person’s ability to succeed in school or at work, harming our local economy. Unaffordable Denver prices force families to “drive till you qualify,” spending more on transportation and further clogging our roads. As Denver nears our 2019 election on May 7th, it is urgent to take swift action so Denver remains a city where everyone can find a place to live and thrive.
Over 5,200 people experience homelessness on any given night in the metro area. Denver Public Schools reports one child experiencing homelessness for every classroom. Such disturbing statistics force us to ask, who is this city for?
Our city was just ranked #1 in the nation for Hispanic/Latinx displacement, while at the same time ranked the #2 best city to live in. Meanwhile, over 5200 people experience homelessness on any given night in the metro area. Denver Public Schools reports one child experiencing homelessness for every classroom.
How can we take swift action to ensure it is a city where everyone has a place to thrive? And what strategies and policy mechanisms would Denver’s candidates for office pursue to address these crises should they be elected? Such disturbing statistics force us to ask, who is this city for?