Message from the President
Greetings Friends, Neighbors, and Supporters,
Urban Dweller, Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods' monthly e-newsletter, is now online. Here is the latest from Denver's largest, oldest registered neighborhood organization and your community advocate:
Donate to Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods on Colorado Gives Day. Colorado Gives Day is an annual, statewide opportunity for neighbors to come together and make charitable donations to their favorite nonprofits, including CHUN. The Community First Foundation and 1st Bank have also established an incentive fund that will be shared among local organizations throughout Denver and beyond. Schedule your gift to CHUN and other essential community organizations today HERE. If you would like to donate directly through our website, you can do so HERE.
First CHUN-Talkwa scheduled for evening of December 6th. We have been interviewing community members, getting a sense of the issues facing Denverites from diverse backgrounds, and looking for ways to solve shared challenges. Join us for a virtual conversation starting at 6 pm on Monday December 6th with community members Regina Jackson, Tom Luehrs, and Mary Dudzinski. The meeting will be held on Zoom (Meeting ID 496 877 7874; Passcode 1899).
New Membership Milestone Achieved. HUN has now SURPASSED $32,000 in recurring, annual membership support. Thank you to Karen T., Seth B., Gina R., Carol S., Laurie R., Betsy A., Robert E., Jordan B., Chris and Carmel M., Bruce M., Cameron M., Laura L., Yolanda J., Julie K., Ambrosia Archiving, Carboy Winery, Saint John's Cathedral, Blue Pan Pizza, and many others for renewing and/or joining our work to improve the quality of life in Denver. You too can support our work by signing up HERE.
Ballot measure 2F resoundingly defeated. Throughout our 52 year history, CHUN has fought against discrimination in our neighborhoods. In November, the CHUN board formally opposed Denver ballot measure 2F because we believed it would rollback progress and disproportionately discriminate against marginalized populations seeking housing opportunity. Denver voters spoke and the proposal was defeated with nearly 70% voting against the measure. This demonstrates that CHUN is on the right side of history--fighting against systems of oppression and creating opportunity for all.
Neighborhood assembly a reminder of CHUN's roots. On November 30, CHUN hosted a fascinating neighborhood assembly about Capitol Hill’s LGBTQ+ history. With a presentation that focused on Denver's queer neighbors spanning the late 19th century up to present day Capitol Hill, attendees learned LGBTQ+ neighbors aligned with organizations like CHUN to address discriminatory policies at the municipal level. In addition, the greater Capitol Hill community has been home to many essential LGBTQ organizations like Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), whose local and national organizations were headquartered at our Tears-McFarlane property at 1290 Williams Street. A special thanks goes to presenter and local historian David Duffield for his thorough overview. You can see the full slide deck HERE.
As we bring 2021 to a close, I'd like to take this moment to paraphrase a Benjamin Franklin quote first published in 1755--be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let the new year find you a better person.
Travis Leiker, MPA
President and Executive Director
Member of the Month
Ambrosia Archiving Illuminates Memories
CHUN News and Events
Denver Public Library to Archive CHUN Documents
Racism, Unhoused Communities, Parking, and Home Safety to be addressed at first CHUN-Talkwa scheduled for December 6
Capitol Hill was first 'gay neighborhood' and CHUN played a role
SHOP LOCAL: Visit CHUN Business Members for your holiday shopping
CHUN Committee Reports
Community Interviews and CHUN-Talkwa: Residents in Greater Capitol Hill face a host of issues. Some of them, like systemic racism and pervasive homelessness, are big, while others, like parking practices and home safety, may seem less weighty, but impact daily living. Join fellow residents and CHUN members on December 6th at 6pm for our first virtual CHUN-Talkwa. Speakers will be Regina Jackson on her Race2Dinner initiative, Tom Luehrs, pastor of Denver’s Saint Francis, who has long worked with the unhoused, Mary Dudzinski, longtime resident who will discuss parking regulations, and Ted Heckel, a local leader who has worked on home inspections, security and area law enforcement. All will talk briefly about the issue and a solutions-oriented action that addresses the issue.
Virtual Zoom Meeting [Meeting ID: 496 877 7874; Passcode: 1899]
CHUN's SEED Awards: The awards support community involvement and foster locally grown solutions for the public good. This year, 14 applications were submitted. The SEED Awards review committee will meet to review the applications and make a recommendation for approval to the CHUN board. Awards will be presented at a date yet to be determined. Thank you to Verizon Foundation, as well as CHUN members and supporters, to make this funding possible.
Little Free Pantry: When doing your holiday food shopping, please consider buying a few extra nonperishable items and placing them in the Little Free Pantry outside of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church located at 915 E. 9th Ave.
Westside of Cherry Creek Mall Future Development
A new place to live and work with an emphasis on pedestrian movement over car travel is coming to Cherry Creek West. Denver-based real estate and community developer East West Partners announced that it is launching a transformative redevelopment of the land immediately west of the Cherry Creek Shopping Center in Cherry Creek. The project, christened Cherry Creek West, will span from University Blvd. to Clayton St. and from 1st Ave. to the Cherry Creek waterway.
The endeavor will build upon the City of Denver’s planning efforts to ensure a connected, distinctive and prosperous Cherry Creek area through the creation of a vibrant neighborhood to be completed over the next decade.
East West Partners will supplement the planning efforts to date by engaging with the community to gather key perspectives. A dedicated website – www.CherryCreekWest.com – will provide detailed information in the coming months.
Denver and Colorado News and Events
More Joy, Less Waste
Denver Task Force to Reimagine Policing and Public Safety formed in 2020 in response to the George Floyd murder to reimagine what public safety would look like when every person in Denver could live their lives and feel safe. The community led task force developed 112 recommendations for a public safety model that prevents, reduces, and heals harm.
Starting December 7th, we will be launching a webinar program to bring the community together to learn and acquire skills that can help with creating safe environments in our neighborhoods and throughout our engagements at work and in life. We invite you and your neighbors to join us in partnership with The Conflict Center for our inaugural webinar on how to de-escalate common situations with neighbors, friends, family, and others.
Register December 7 here or December 11 here.
Denver Far Exceeds Goal to House 200 People Experiencing Homelessness in 100 Days
With more than a month left to reach its goal to move 200 people from homelessness to housing in 100 days, the City and County of Denver far exceeded its goal by housing 256 people (128% of the goal) in just 68 days.
Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the Department of Housing Stability (HOST) launched an effort Sept. 2 to get 200 people experiencing homelessness housed in 100 days. The housing surge expedites the city’s work with partners to connect people living in shelters and on the streets with housing utilizing new housing resources.
“This housing surge shows that when our community partners come together toward a common goal, we can quickly lift people out of homelessness and connect them with housing,” Mayor Hancock said.
The City worked with housing voucher, rapid resolution, rapid rehousing, and permanent supportive housing providers to reach the housing surge goal.
Safe Outdoor Space Program Expands onto Public Property
Colorado Village Collaborative (CVC) has announced that its successful Safe Outdoor Space (SOS) program to provide humane shelter for people needing temporary, emergency housing in Denver will expand to include its first city-owned property location. This expansion is propelled by a coalition of supportive neighborhood and local business leaders who see the program’s value in
addressing the city’s housing crisis.
The City and County of Denver will partner with CVC to open this location at the East Office of its Denver County Department of Human Services (DHS) at 3815 Steele St., effective Dec. 14 –Nov. 30, 2022. This opportunity comes as the city proposes to increase funds available to support SOS sites in 2022.
Get your pet's photo with Santa on December 11