City Council At Large

Robin Kniech

HOUSING


Do you support or oppose the housing investments as outlined in the Housing an Inclusive Denver plan?

Strongly support  |    Somewhat support   |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

If you were to redistribute these allotments as outlined in the Housing an Inclusive Denver plan, how would you do so?

Would split the 30-50/60 and 60-80 categories up and make sure more is built in the 30-50/60 range. 30-80 is too big of a range, risks to much being built at 60-80. There are areas that have lagged implementation in the plan, such use of the funds allowed for supportive services and community land trusts, that I would continue to advocate to accelerate. There are also policy innovations needed that aren’t in the plan, such as how to fund more projects with 4% tax credits so we aren’t so reliant on competitive state/9% tax credits (requiring more subsidy per unit than currently allowed). And more renter protections than the plan lists. I would prioritize any new/additional resources identified in the future for expanding supportive services for permanent supportive housing and for some transitional housing uses that aren’t allowed by the current fund, such as supporting outreach, housing navigation and supportive services for tiny homes or other regulated temporary living situations as an alternative to unregulated encampments for those experiencing homelessness.

How much of a priority is it that housing is provided for individuals falling into 0-30% of Area Median Income (AMI) on a scale from 1-10 where 10 equals the highest possible priority and 1 equals not a priority at all.

10

Will you commit to seeking a permanent housing project for individuals or families experiencing homelessness in your home district in your first 100 days in office?

Yes   |  No

MAKING HOUSING AFFORDABLE


Please rank the following new or expanded strategies for creating a broader range of housing choice in Denver, 1 being the highest:

[ 2 ]  Investing in privately owned land trusts
[ 2 ]  Co-housing
[ 3 ]  Expand city-owned land use for affordable housing
[ 3 ]  Zone for higher density across denver
[ 3 ]  Rent controlled housing

SERVICES


In August of 2018, Denver’s Road Home published its Three-Year Shelter Expansion Plan. The analysis suggests a reconfiguration of the current shelter system. Among other things, the plan recommends that the city:
• Create 24-hour shelters, where individuals can access care around work-schedules and other commitments/priorities.
• Eliminate arbitrary limits on how long people may stay
• Bring more services to shelters
• Expand shelter beds by building dormitories rather than warehouse-style shelters
• Lease apartments where families can live, rather than sending them to motels
• Create more options for young people, women, transgender people, couples, people with pets and others

Have you reviewed the Denver’s Road Home Three-Year Shelter Expansion Plan?

Yes   |  No

Do you support or oppose the creation of a 24/7 walk-in rest and resource center for people experiencing homelessness in Denver established in partnership between the city and existing service providers?

Strongly support  |    Somewhat support   |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

In your view, how well does the shelter system as it exists meet the needs of subpopulations of those experiencing homelessness in Denver, including the following:

Very well  |  Somewhat well  |  Not very well  |  Doesn’t meet needs at all

Women  ( Somewhat well )

LGBTQ Individuals  ( Not very well )

Families  ( Not very well )

Couples  ( Doesn't meet needs at all )

Working People  ( Not very well )

People with different abilities or physical disabilities  ( Not very well )

People with pets (companion/service animals)  ( Doesn't meet needs at all )

Individuals with mental health differences  ( Not very well )

Which of the underserved subpopulations would you prioritize?

Women   |  LGBTQ Individuals   |  Families   |  Couples   |  Working People   |  People with different abilities or physical disabilities   |  People with pets (companion/service animals)   |  Individuals with mental health differences

Do you support or oppose supervised use sites?

Strongly support   |   Somewhat support  |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

Supervised use sites are legally sanctioned, medically supervised facilities designed to provide a hygienic and stress-free environment in which individuals are able to consume intravenous drugs.

Do you support expanding access to public restrooms throughout the city?

Strongly support   |   Somewhat support  |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

FUNDING SOLUTIONS


Would you personally be willing to pay additional municipal taxes to raise this money?

Yes   |  No

Would you support expanding the half mill levy that currently generates part of Denver’s affordable housing fund to a full mill?

Support    |   Warrants Further Study  |  Oppose

A mill levy is the “tax rate” that is applied to assess value of property. One mill is one dollar per one thousand dollars of assessed value.

Do you support or oppose creating a regional housing trust fund with metro municipalities?

Strongly support   |   Somewhat support  |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

Do you support or oppose creating a city government owned Public Bank in Denver?

Strongly support  |  Somewhat support  |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose  (did not answer)

Do you support or oppose expanding the Pay for Success/Social Impact Bond program?

Strongly support   |   Somewhat support  |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

Diverts costs from criminal justice and other downstream social systems to fund Permanent Supportive Housing.

JUSTICE & HUMAN RIGHTS


Do you support or oppose a repeal of the urban camping ban?

Strongly support   |   Somewhat support  |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

Do you support or oppose the Right to Survive Ballot Initiative?

Strongly support  |   Somewhat support  |  Somewhat oppose   |  Strongly oppose

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: housing is a human right.

Strongly agree   |   Agree  |  Neutral  |  Disagree  |  Strongly disagree

Briefly, is there anything above you would like to clarify?

1)Use existing shelters for daytimes before building new 24/7 one, 2)Some policies above help stability but not access (rent control only limits increase, not initial rent) 3)City land analysis just completed, very little avail-RTD, DPS much more potential, 4)FYI state constitution, Den charter don’t permit city banks

Deborah Ortega

HOUSING


Do you support or oppose the housing investments as outlined in the Housing an Inclusive Denver plan?

Strongly support   |   Somewhat support  |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

If you were to redistribute these allotments as outlined in the Housing an Inclusive Denver plan, how would you do so?

The priorities were identified by the Housing Task Force, which is representative of the various sectors of our housing community. I was adamant that before we create the fund, we had to have an adopted housing plan to guide how we would spend that money. Prior to that, there weren’t any real clear guidelines set or that were being followed. It’s important that it’s updated annually with input from the Housing Task Force.

How much of a priority is it that housing is provided for individuals falling into 0-30% of Area Median Income (AMI) on a scale from 1-10 where 10 equals the highest possible priority and 1 equals not a priority at all.

10

Will you commit to seeking a permanent housing project for individuals or families experiencing homelessness in your home district in your first 100 days in office?

Yes   |  No

MAKING HOUSING AFFORDABLE


Please rank the following new or expanded strategies for creating a broader range of housing choice in Denver, 1 being the highest:

[ 2 ]  Investing in privately owned land trusts
[ 1 ]  Co-housing
[ 1 ]  Expand city-owned land use for affordable housing
[ 3 ]  Zone for higher density across denver
[ 1 ]  Rent controlled housing

SERVICES


In August of 2018, Denver’s Road Home published its Three-Year Shelter Expansion Plan. The analysis suggests a reconfiguration of the current shelter system. Among other things, the plan recommends that the city:
• Create 24-hour shelters, where individuals can access care around work-schedules and other commitments/priorities.
• Eliminate arbitrary limits on how long people may stay
• Bring more services to shelters
• Expand shelter beds by building dormitories rather than warehouse-style shelters
• Lease apartments where families can live, rather than sending them to motels
• Create more options for young people, women, transgender people, couples, people with pets and others

Have you reviewed the Denver’s Road Home Three-Year Shelter Expansion Plan?

Yes   |  No

Do you support or oppose the creation of a 24/7 walk-in rest and resource center for people experiencing homelessness in Denver established in partnership between the city and existing service providers?

Strongly support   |   Somewhat support  |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

In your view, how well does the shelter system as it exists meet the needs of subpopulations of those experiencing homelessness in Denver, including the following:

Very well  |  Somewhat well  |  Not very well  |  Doesn’t meet needs at all

Women  ( Somewhat well )

LGBTQ Individuals  ( Not very well )

Families  ( Somewhat well )

Couples  ( Not very well )

Working People  ( Somewhat well )

People with different abilities or physical disabilities  ( Not very well )

People with pets (companion/service animals)  ( Not very well )

Individuals with mental health differences  ( Not very well )

Which of the underserved subpopulations would you prioritize?

Women   |  LGBTQ Individuals   |  Families   |  Couples   |  Working People   |  People with different abilities or physical disabilities   |  People with pets (companion/service animals  |  Individuals with mental health differences

Do you support or oppose supervised use sites?

Strongly support  |   Somewhat support   |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

Supervised use sites are legally sanctioned, medically supervised facilities designed to provide a hygienic and stress-free environment in which individuals are able to consume intravenous drugs.

Do you support expanding access to public restrooms throughout the city?

Strongly support   |   Somewhat support  |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

FUNDING SOLUTIONS


Would you personally be willing to pay additional municipal taxes to raise this money?

Yes   |  No

Would you support expanding the half mill levy that currently generates part of Denver’s affordable housing fund to a full mill?

Support    |   Warrants Further Study  |  Oppose

A mill levy is the “tax rate” that is applied to assess value of property. One mill is one dollar per one thousand dollars of assessed value.

Do you support or oppose creating a regional housing trust fund with metro municipalities?

Strongly support  |   Somewhat support   |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

Do you support or oppose creating a city government owned Public Bank in Denver?

Strongly support   |   Somewhat support  |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

Do you support or oppose expanding the Pay for Success/Social Impact Bond program?

Strongly support  |   Somewhat support   |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

Diverts costs from criminal justice and other downstream social systems to fund Permanent Supportive Housing.

JUSTICE & HUMAN RIGHTS


Do you support or oppose a repeal of the urban camping ban?

Strongly support   |   Somewhat support  |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

Do you support or oppose the Right to Survive Ballot Initiative?

Strongly support  |   Somewhat support  |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: housing is a human right.

Strongly agree   |   Agree  |  Neutral  |  Disagree  |  Strongly disagree

Briefly, is there anything above you would like to clarify?

I think we need to look at a variety of housing types that offer different price points to ensure as people are coming out of homelessness, we have housing they can afford to move into.

Anthony “Tony” Pigford

HOUSING


Do you support or oppose the housing investments as outlined in the Housing an Inclusive Denver plan?

Strongly support  |   Somewhat support   |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

If you were to redistribute these allotments as outlined in the Housing an Inclusive Denver plan, how would you do so?

I think first and foremost, council needs to authorize a “neighborhood-by-neighborhood” AMI ranking—even though they are separated by a mile or two, the difference in this percentage between a neighborhood like Globeville and a neighborhood (such as it is now) like RINO is significant; the concentration of wealth in neighborhoods like RINO, or Cherry Creek, or Wash Park skews the AMI, even for places like Capitol Hill or Congress Park, and in no way whatsoever guarantees accurate, actual housing equity across Denver.

How much of a priority is it that housing is provided for individuals falling into 0-30% of Area Median Income (AMI) on a scale from 1-10 where 10 equals the highest possible priority and 1 equals not a priority at all.

10

Will you commit to seeking a permanent housing project for individuals or families experiencing homelessness in your home district in your first 100 days in office?

Yes   |  No

MAKING HOUSING AFFORDABLE


Please rank the following new or expanded strategies for creating a broader range of housing choice in Denver, 1 being the highest:

[ 1 ]  Investing in privately owned land trusts
[ 1 ]  Co-housing
[ 1 ]  Expand city-owned land use for affordable housing
[ 3 ]  Zone for higher density across denver
[ 1 ]  Rent controlled housing

SERVICES


In August of 2018, Denver’s Road Home published its Three-Year Shelter Expansion Plan. The analysis suggests a reconfiguration of the current shelter system. Among other things, the plan recommends that the city:
• Create 24-hour shelters, where individuals can access care around work-schedules and other commitments/priorities.
• Eliminate arbitrary limits on how long people may stay
• Bring more services to shelters
• Expand shelter beds by building dormitories rather than warehouse-style shelters
• Lease apartments where families can live, rather than sending them to motels
• Create more options for young people, women, transgender people, couples, people with pets and others

Have you reviewed the Denver’s Road Home Three-Year Shelter Expansion Plan?

Yes   |  No

Do you support or oppose the creation of a 24/7 walk-in rest and resource center for people experiencing homelessness in Denver established in partnership between the city and existing service providers?

Strongly support   |   Somewhat support  |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

In your view, how well does the shelter system as it exists meet the needs of subpopulations of those experiencing homelessness in Denver, including the following:

Very well  |  Somewhat well  |  Not very well  |  Doesn’t meet needs at all

Women  ( Not very well )

LGBTQ Individuals  ( Not very well )

Families  ( Doesn't meet needs at all )

Couples  ( Doesn't meet needs at all )

Working People  ( Somewhat well )

People with different abilities or physical disabilities  ( Not very well )

People with pets (companion/service animals)  ( Doesn't meet needs at all )

Individuals with mental health differences  ( Not very well )

Which of the underserved subpopulations would you prioritize?

Women   |  LGBTQ Individuals   |  Families   |  Couples  |  Working People   |  People with different abilities or physical disabilities  |  People with pets (companion/service animals)   |  Individuals with mental health differences

Do you support or oppose supervised use sites?

Strongly support   |   Somewhat support  |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

Supervised use sites are legally sanctioned, medically supervised facilities designed to provide a hygienic and stress-free environment in which individuals are able to consume intravenous drugs.

Do you support expanding access to public restrooms throughout the city?

Strongly support   |   Somewhat support  |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

FUNDING SOLUTIONS


Would you personally be willing to pay additional municipal taxes to raise this money?

Yes   |  No

Would you support expanding the half mill levy that currently generates part of Denver’s affordable housing fund to a full mill?

Support  |  Warrants Further Study   |  Oppose

A mill levy is the “tax rate” that is applied to assess value of property. One mill is one dollar per one thousand dollars of assessed value.

Do you support or oppose creating a regional housing trust fund with metro municipalities?

Strongly support   |   Somewhat support  |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

Do you support or oppose creating a city government owned Public Bank in Denver?

Strongly support   |   Somewhat support  |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

Do you support or oppose expanding the Pay for Success/Social Impact Bond program?

Strongly support   |   Somewhat support  |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

Diverts costs from criminal justice and other downstream social systems to fund Permanent Supportive Housing.

JUSTICE & HUMAN RIGHTS


Do you support or oppose a repeal of the urban camping ban?

Strongly support   |   Somewhat support  |  Somewhat oppose  |  Strongly oppose

Do you support or oppose the Right to Survive Ballot Initiative?

Strongly support  |   Somewhat support  |  Somewhat oppose   |  Strongly oppose

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: housing is a human right.

Strongly agree   |   Agree  |  Neutral  |  Disagree  |  Strongly disagree

Briefly, is there anything above you would like to clarify?

Housing is a human right. Because Denver hasn’t established this principle as a basis for resolving the homelessness crisis here, I believe that I300 wil ignite an already damaged and volatile relationship between residents, first-responders & people suffering from homelessness.

Ralph Tingle, Jr., Lynne Langdon, Danny Lopez, Robert Fisher, Johnny Hayes, Jessie Lashawn Parris