Consumers in the city of Denver will soon get more help to stay protected against fraud. Thursday Mayor Michael Hancock announced a Consumer Financial Protection Initiative aimed at curbing predatory financial practices in the city. The initiative will focus on elder financial abuse, immigration fraud, wage theft, predatory lending and housing practices.


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A Colorado House committee, once again, killed legislation that would allow homeless people to linger where they want, which would have undermined or outlawed urban camping bans imposed by cities across the state. Police and municipal government officials again testified that allowing people to camp wherever they want doesn't connect them to shelter or mental health services or other help. Businesses and others alleged that loitering hurts trade and helps crime. And scores of homeless people and their advocates spoke of the indignities and choices they face trying to survive on the street. A place to sleep isn't too much to ask, they argued.


Recent deregulation at the Consumer Protection Agency at the federal level has sparked concerns about how Coloradans will be protected. On Thursday, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock plans to lay out at least some of his local solutions. The mayor will take part in a forum called A Predatory Economy: Denver's Call to Action put on by the Bell Policy Center, a left-leaning, Denver-based economic think tank. The 3 p.m. event is in the former Denver Post building' auditorium at 101 W. Colfax in downtown Denver.


Just two decades ago, the South Sheridan Commercial Corridor was a robust commercial center. Residents could catch a movie at the twin cinema, take their children for an afternoon at the skating rink or shop and dine at one of several retail establishments. Even with Denver’s booming economy, much of the 64-acre site off of South Sheridan Boulevard is a ghost town. The cinema, skating rink and nearly all of the retail has fled. The Target, once a retail anchor for the site, left for greener pastures in developing Belmar in Lakewood in 2011.

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Colorado Springs has always prided itself on lower housing prices than other Front Range cities, but that has changed fast in the last couple years. As the city's housing market has gone white-hot, affordable housing has suddenly become scarce as playoff wins for the Broncos in the last two years, fueling the city's homeless problem and creating a price crisis for lower- and even middle-income residents.


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Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne will be talking about affordable housing away from her own homestarting Friday, with town hall meetings in Denver, Boulder, Pueblo, Cañon City, Carbondale, Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs.

Lynne is the state’s chief operating officer and in her spare time she’s a Democratic candidate for governor, hoping to take over when Gov. John Hickenlooper’s final term ends next January.

Her office said Lynne has traveled to all Colorado 64 counties. The high cost of a roof overhead is an issue that affects the whole state, not just the heavily populated Front Range.

“The increasing cost of housing and lack of available inventory is a burden for Colorado families across the income spectrum and in all parts of the state.” Lynne said in a statement. “Improving on the progress we’ve made as a state in the last decade requires that we take a hard look at economic issues like housing costs that pose very real challenges for Coloradans. There is a lot to be learned from communities that have considerable experience addressing this issue, and I believe that the state must do more to lend a hand.”

Between 2010 and 2016, the increase in households has outpaced the increase in new housing units by close to 60,000. As a result, housing costs — for both rent and purchase — have skyrocketed. Colorado’s median home price in November 2017 was $361,000. This was up 9.1 percent from 2016, and prices between November 2015 and 2016 rose 10 percent. On the rental side, the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Colorado grew by 22.4 percent, between 2014 and 2017.
— Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne’s office

Lynne will make eight stops in four days to share her ideas and gather input to use in a white paper on the subject which she plans to release soon.

“Colorado has experienced tremendous population growth in the last 10 years, but our housing inventory has failed to keep pace, which has led to what are, for too many Coloradans, unsustainable increases in rent or home prices,” she sated.

Because space is limited, attendees are asked to RSVP at:

Here’s the schedule:


10:30 a.m.
Teatulia Tea Bar, 2900 Zuni St.

2 p.m.
Boulder Creek Room,
Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave.


11:15 a.m.
Pueblo City-County Library District Central Library, 100 E. Abriendo Ave.

Cañon City
1:15 p.m.
Cañon City Public Library Central Library. 516 Macon Ave.


2:45 p.m.
Bonfire Coffee, 433 Main St.

Grand Junction
5:45 pm
Colorado Mesa University, Room 221, 1100 North Ave.


Glenwood Springs
10:45 a.m.
Morgridge Commons, 815 Cooper Ave, 2nd floor

3:45 p.m.
522 Lincoln Ave, 3rd Floor


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As Denver developers construct those tall buildings redefining the city’s skyline, they’ll have to add affordable housing components. It’s part of a proposal being floated by Denver City Council President Albus Brooks to help address the city’s ongoing housing crisis.

Brooks’ proposal is called a “height incentive,” Denver7 reports:

Brooks is trying to strike the right balance, and he is using 38th and Blake as his case study for the ambitious idea, telling developers at the RiNo site that if they want to build higher, they’ll have to add affordable housing.

“It’s a good compromise of what we’re trying to see in the city of Denver,” said Brooks.

Under Brooks’ proposal, areas zoned for five stories could build up to 12 or even 16 stories, but only if developers add ten percent affordable housing and at their own cost.

The height incentive is another Denver approach to city residents being squeezed out of their neighborhoods due to a healthy economy, but surging rents and home prices.

However, at least one developer told Denver7 these incremental steps won’t effectively address the affordable housing crisis in the city. Instead, “serious political commitment” is needed.

Denver has launched other programs to help ease the cost of living in Denver, including working with developers who promise to build affordable housing and launching a dedicated affordable housing fund and offering eviction and rent assistance.

A public hearing to discuss the height incentive is scheduled for Feb. 12.