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Fusion homeless hotel in Denver sports lobby makeover

David Heitz
The lobby at Fusion Studios, 3737 Quebec, has undergone a makeover.Photo byDavid Heitz

I’ve written many stories about the homeless hotel where I live, Fusion Studios. But I don’t often get the chance to write about good things happening at Fusion.

This week the tenants expressed pride and surprise when they awoke Monday to lobby furniture for the first and second floors. There also is some really tasteful artwork for the walls.

Previously, our lobby was bare. There was no furniture, as it all was removed during the pandemic. There were residents who used to sleep on it instead of sleeping in their rooms.

I’m not sure what the furniture cost but it is very nice and tasteful. I also admire the vase for the table.

I have invited a few people to my home at Fusion Studios. I will feel much more at ease doing so now that the lobby doesn’t look like a halfway house. When I invited people to Fusion they always asked if it was a halfway house. I explained it’s a Colorado Coalition for the Homeless property. And that explanation brings with it some built-in stigma, but I try not to let it bother me.
People often ask residents of Fusion Studios if it is a halfway house.Photo byDavid Heitz

Although I have written about the many indiscretions at Fusion Studios, the truth is that I like it here to some degree. There are some good people in the building. Many, in fact. You come to accept the various disabilities on display at Fusion Studios. And I always remember that I am one of these very vivid personalities too.

The new furniture arrived the first full day without our building manager, who resigned last week. I did some nosing around and was told the former building manager ordered the beautiful new furniture. So, kudos to her for that. I'm happy to report credit deserved.

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I've been in the news business 35 years, spending much of my career in editing roles at community newspapers in Southern California and the Quad-Cities of Illinois and Iowa. Upon moving to Denver in 2018, I began experiencing severe mental illness due to several traumatic experiences. I became homeless on the street for about a year before spending time in the state mental hospital. I am proof that people can rebound from even severe mental illness with proper treatment. I consider myself a lucky guy to live in a great place like Denver. I hope my writing reflects the passion I have for living in the Mile High City. You can email me news releases and story ideas at

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