District 5

Michele Fry

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?

40% resources to serve residents experiencing homelessness; 40% resources to serve residents earning below 30% AMI 15% resources serving people earning 31%-80% AMI; 5% resources to serve residents seeking to become homeowners.

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:

[ 4 ]  Investing in privately owned land trusts
[ 2 ]  Co-housing
[ 1 ]  Expand city-owned land use for affordable housing
[ 5 ]  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  ( Doesn't meet needs at all )

Families  ( Doesn't meet needs at all )

Couples  ( Doesn't meet needs at all )

Working People  ( Not very well )

People with different abilities or physical disabilities  ( Doesn't meet needs at all )

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

Individuals with mental health differences  ( Doesn't meet needs at all )

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-300 Right to Survive does not have perfect language. Voters agreed I-300 should be put to a vote just as Let Denver Vote. The root cause of the issue is the Camping Ban. Around the country municipalities that have implemented a camping ban have been found to violate the civil rights of those who are unhoused. The Camping Ban has setup the City and County of Denver to be sued, using tax payer dollars to defend an unconstitutional law. “The constitutional ban on “cruel and unusual punishment,” under the Eighth Amendment, prohibits “criminal penalties for sitting, sleeping, or lying outside on public property for homeless individuals who cannot obtain shelter,” said the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Sep 5, 2018” retrieved from https://www.governing.com/topics/public-justice-safety/tns-homelessness-cities-cannot-prosecute-when-no-shelters-available.html. The City and County of Denver has an unconstitutional ordinance on the books.

Regarding pay additional municipal taxes; new taxes aren’t necessary-stop the developer and corporate welfare. The developer of the Elitch redevelopment was give 60 mill levies to redevelop that site that’s over a billion dollars and more than double the annual City budget. The developer doesn’t pay principal or interest or pay the money back. That money could be used instead of further taxing Denver residents.

Amanda Sawyer

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 strongly support the Housing an Inclusive Denver plan; however the plan does nothing to address the needs of middle income earners like retirees, teachers, first responders, etc. that traditionally make more than 80% AMI but are priced out of many of Denver’s neighborhoods. I would like to look at options to include this group in the Housing an Inclusive Denver plan as well.

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.

9

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:

[ 3 ]  Investing in privately owned land trusts
[ 2 ]  Co-housing
[ 4 ]  Expand city-owned land use for affordable housing
[ 5 ]  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  ( Somewhat well )

Families  ( Not very well )

Couples  ( Not very well )

Working People  ( Not very well )

People with different abilities or physical disabilities  ( Somewhat well )

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

Individuals with mental health differences  ( Somewhat 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?

Did not answer

Mary Beth Susman

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 would not redistribute.

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.

8

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?

Did not answer

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
[ 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  ( Not very well )

LGBTQ Individuals  ( Not very well )

Families  ( Not very well )

Couples  ( Not very well )

Working People  ( Not very 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  ( Somewhat 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?

Did not answer

Stephen Replin