Vigil Remembers the Homeless Who Died on the Streets of Denver This Year

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Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
An earlier Homeless Memorial Vigil.
Last Wednesday evening the garish holiday lights on the Denver City & County Building were dimmed to allow a smaller glow to brighten the front of the structure: the flicker of about 200 candles held in honor of the homeless who passed away on the streets of Denver this year.

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Homelessness in Denver: Room for Improvement, Report Says

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Sam Levin
Denver police officer explains the city's rules to homeless man.
A report on hunger and homelessness released last week by the U.S. Conference of Mayors revealed that while local services are still not meeting the full needs of this city's hungry and homeless populations, Denver is, on average, doing better than the many of the other cities studied in the survey.

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Homeless: Committee Okays $2.3M Solutions Center Plan Over Some Neighbors' Objections

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Kristin Pazulski
Future home of the Solutions Center, at 405 South Platte River Drive.
Should the city spend $2.3 million to purchase a building by the South Platte River and turn it into a behavioral health crisis center for the homeless? A plan to put the proposed Solutions Center in southwest Denver moved out of Denver City Council's Finance and Service Committee last week and will go to the full council for a first hearing on Monday, December 15.

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Denver Rescue Mission and DenverWorks Embark on a Year-Long Collaboration

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Denver Rescue Mission
Two nonprofits that serve the underserved, Denver Rescue Mission and DenverWorks, will be working side by side for the next year, observing each other's programs in order to determine whether to partner further in the future. That observation will be made easier by the fact that DenverWorks will be moving into a DRM facility.

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Is the New Homeless Solutions Center Really a Solution?

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Britt Chester
A proposed homeless shelter that will sleep nearly fifty people faces stiff opposition in the Athmar neighborhood. Dubbed the "Solutions Center," the shelter would provide short-term housing for individuals dealing with mental-health issues and chemical dependency. But residents aren't happy about its proposed location, which is near a neighborhood park that's getting a $5.5 million renovation.

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Denver Rescue Mission Community Center Okayed Over Neighborhood Association Challenge

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A photo from the Denver Rescue Mission Facebook page.
The Denver Rescue Mission will soon resume construction on its 11,000-square-foot community center after the Denver Board of Adjustment for Zoning confirmed the city's approval of the project this morning.

Construction of the new facility had been stalled after the Ballpark Neighborhood Association filed an appeal that the board heard at last month's meeting.

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Denver Rescue Mission v. Neighborhood Association: Will Community Center Be OK'd?

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Courtesy of Denver Rescue Mission
Tomorrow, the Denver Board of Adjustment for Zoning will announce whether or not construction on the Denver Rescue Mission's new community center can move forward as planned. The Ballpark Neighborhood Association had appealed the city's okay for the construction of a 11,800 square-foot facility behind DRM's current Lawrence Street Shelter at the intersection of Lawrence Street and Park Avenue West, and argued its case before the zoning board last month.

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Sleep Out For Homeless Youth Gives Boulder a Feel for Life on the Streets

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Courtesy of Attention Homes
Attention Homes supporters bundle up at last year's Sleep Out.
Tonight, more than a hundred people will sleep on the lawn of the First United Methodist Church of Boulder in temperatures that could dip below zero again. The Sleep Out for Homeless Youth fundraiser, now in its third year, is expected to raise $100,000 for Attention Homes, a homeless youth shelter.

See also: Denver Set Out to End Homelessness Ten Years Ago -- Is the Finish Line in Sight?

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Will juvenile lifers get a reprieve? Inside Colorado Supreme Court hearing

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This week, Colorado Supreme Court justices heard arguments from lawyers representing three juvenile offenders currently serving mandatory life without parole -- a sentence now considered unconstitutional. The Supreme Court's decision in one of these cases could affect how Colorado treats its juvenile offenders going forward.

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Say 'ello to Ello, which could be the first private social network

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Paul Budnitz.
All you find on the website are the words "Simple, beautiful & ad-free," along with a box where you can add your e-mail, requesting an invite. The concept behind the site is Ello, a planned private social network that could be the next Facebook -- make that the anti-Facebook. And it's the brainchild of a few Denver area creatives: Paul Budnitz, a filmmaker who's the founder of Budnitz Bicycles and Kidrobot, along with Todd Berger and Lucien Fohr, the principles of Boulder-based graphic design firm Berger & Fohr. Other than that, there hasn't been a lot of information available about Ello, beyond the fact that it will be advertising-free...and its name might be inspired by the Cockney pronunciation of "hello."

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