Denver deserves leadership with the resolve to address our homelessness crisis head on.
Enforce the camping ban to get homeless into drug addiction and mental health services.
End programs that contribute to homelessness—including safe-injection sites and universal basic income for the homeless.
Increase support for programs that address the root causes of most chronic homelessness—mental illness and addiction.
Build more affordable housing—no one should ever be forced into homelessness because they can’t afford rent or the price of a starter home.
Homelessness is increasing and now sits at a 14-year high. First-time homelessness doubled over the last year. The unsheltered population has increased 120% over the last 3 years.
Homeless sleeping in tents along our roads make Denver less safe. Camping is dangerous for the homeless. More than 263 people died in Denver while homeless in 2022, a near majority from overdoses. They are dangerous to the surrounding neighborhoods which live in fear of increased crime and open drug use. Denver deserves better than streets littered with tents.
Our spending is ineffective. The only thing climbing faster than our homeless population is the amount of money we are throwing at the problem. An estimated $1.7 billion will be spent between 2021 and 2023. Spending per person in Denver is between $38K and $63K a year. There are between 4,000 and 7,000 city employees working to address homelessness.
The Solution: Denver deserves leadership with the resolve to address our homelessness crisis head on.
We should end programs that contribute to homelessness. We should end all funding for safe-injection sites and universal basic income. We are not helping someone with a fentanyl addiction by handing them no strings attached cash.
We should increase support for programs that address the root causes of most chronic homelessness—mental illness and addiction. I will refocus city departments and NGOs on drug rehabilitation and mental health services.
Finally, we need to build more affordable housing. No one should ever be forced into homelessness because they can’t afford rent or the price of a starter home.