Letter from the President
As I mentioned in the September Urban Dweller, CHUN and other Denver Registered Neighborhood Organizations [RNOs] were invited to attend a meeting with Mayor Mike Johnston in which he laid out his plan to address Denver’s homeless issue. The Mayor has committed to finding ‘house outcomes’ for up to 1,000 people who are currently living on Denver sidewalks before the end of this year.
Branded as House1000, the Mayor’s plan redirects over $48 million in existing city housing funds to put people directly into leased units, converted hotels and new microunits, complete with wraparound services including 24-hour security, mental health and addiction treatment and workforce placement. When the city can open new housing, Johnston plans to move the occupants of entire encampments as communities together and then increase enforcement, cultural events and business activities in public spaces to ensure encampments do not return.
As I listened to Mayor Johnston outline the details of his House1000 plan, I was struck by the humanity and understanding he brought to his plan and to his answers to the numerous questions he fielded at the RNO meeting. As someone who has worked with politicians for decades, I know how rare it is for our political leaders to actually address the humanity of the people affected by their government policies.
On September 26th, the City cleared the large homeless camp on Logan Street and 8th Avenue. At the RNO meeting, the Mayor had mentioned that he had visited this camp a couple of times to talk with the camp members. As part of last week’s sweep, every accessible camp member was offered the opportunity to move into temporary housing in a hotel leased by the City. These sweep operations are never easy or without issues. But in the end, people in need were moved to much better, more humane and safer housing and the sidewalk was cleared and cleaned for the first time in months.
In this Urban Dweller, we have included the Housing and Shelter Data Dashboards in the Denver News section below so you can track the City’s progress on this issue. So far, the Mayor’s House1000 plan is off to a good start. At this rate, his plan will move Denver forward in our continuing effort to solve the homeless issue in the most humane and permanent manner.
Finally, a reminder that this month, on October 10th , CHUN is hosting a Happy Hour at Wild Taco, 215 East 7th Avenue, from 4:30-6:30pm. Come and meet your neighbors who are engaged in many activities to make our city a better place in which to live and work.
CHUN Business Member of the Month
CHUN Member Shout Out
CHUN News and Updates
October 4: Presentation and Discussion on Prop HH, a Property Tax Measure Appearing on the November Ballot
October 6: Good Shephard Fall Carnival
October 10: CHUN Happy Hour
October 14: Denver Loves Pets 'Stranger Things' Fundraiser for Denver's Animal Shelter
October 19: Haunted Capitol Hill Walking Tour
Hop on one of two walking tours through haunted Capitol Hill in Denver. The guide will take you through the incredible – and sometimes spooky – history of the neighborhood and the best places for chance encounters from the other side. From mansions of Millionaire’s Row to Cheesman Park, you’ll learn about the ghoulish details of our city’s past. The tour will last 2 hours and include just over one mile of walking.
Click here for tickets for the 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. tour.
October 28: Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival
Coming this Fall: Fall Neighborhood Clean Up
Watch this space for more details on CHUN's Fall neighborhood clean up!
November 11 and 12: Awkwardly Zen
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 11th:
METAPHYSICAL FAIR (all day):
Come check more than 30 Denver & traveling psychics, mediums, energy healers, tarot readers, aura photographers, crystal & metaphysical goods vendors and more at our Metaphysical fair from 10am - 5pm at the historic Althea Center.
TRAVIS HOLP LIVE: SPEAKING WITH SPIRIT (Saturday evening)
Travis is coming in from Washington State for a Psychic Mediumship Gallery Event. Doors open at 6:30pm / Event at 7:00pm. VIP ticket holders can join a special VIP Reception from 8:30pm - 10pm
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 12th:
ALTHEA CENTER SUNDAY (10:30am):
Join Althea Center & Awkwardly Zen for an inspirational and spiritual experience at Althea's Sunday Gathering with a powerful message from Althea's Spiritual Director, Rev. Christina Jones, great music, and more.
GONG BATH EXPERIENCE (1pm)
Then bring your yoga mat and blankets to the GORGEOUS Althea Sanctuary for a Gong Bath by Denver's own, Gregg Wilkins! Tickets required!
More information and Tickets: https://awkwardlyzen.com/1111weekend/
SAVE THE DATE: Tickets Go On Sale November 1 for CHUN's December 5th Winter Fundraiser, Winter Wine...drland!
CHUN October Volunteer Spotlight: Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens needs volunteers in a variety of roles for their signature Fall events in October.
Sign up here.
Denver and Colorado News and Updates
Mayor's Office New Housing and Shelter Dashboards
City Council Approves Revised Plan for the All Inn Motel on Colfax
Forums to Meet Candidates for Denver Public School Board
Public Meetings for Denver's 5-year Parks Legacy plan
Give Your Input on Vision Zero and Bikeway Evaluation Study
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