Homelessness

Community Health Centers Go Mobile to Serve Homeless

May 14, 2020
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Colorado's community health centers are getting creative and going mobile to serve homeless communities during the coronavirus pandemic. From the Colorado News Connection, Eric Galatas has more.

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Governor Jared Polis is urging hotel owners to open their rooms to people who are experiencing homelessness. He says the abundance of empty rooms should be used to keep some of Colorado’s most vulnerable residents healthy during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Colorado Sun reporter Moe Clark joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl to discuss her reporting on efforts to protect the homeless population from coronavirus. 600 beds are opening at Denver's National Western complex to provide a safe space to consolidate resources and better achieve social distancing. Meanwhile, Gov. Jared Polis has instructed unarmed National Guard personnel to assist in providing care to the homeless. You can read Moe Clark's reporting on this for The Colorado Sun here and here.

For the last 4 years, a group called Carbondale Homeless Assistance has been making efforts to help the homeless population in the area. Lynn Kirchner started the group and took some time to tell KDNK about their approach.

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The Glenwood Springs City Council last week voted to hire private security for summer downtown events as a way of handling the homeless. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Glenwood Springs Post Independent reporter Matthew Bennett about his coverage of the council’s decision.

The midterm elections ended almost a month ago, but campaign season isn't over in Denver.

Last month, a small group of homelessness advocates gathered in Civic Center Park to launch a campaign to overturn the city's urban camping ban.

The law passed six years ago and makes it illegal for anyone set up camp and sleep in public spaces. It also prevents someone from taking shelter with a blanket or sleeping bag in city parks.