# Homeless hotels
Stabbings at Denver homeless hotel under investigation, council member says
The council member of the district containing the Tamarac homeless hotel in Denver said in her newsletter published Tuesday that police continue to investigate stabbings at the hotel.
Opinion: Mice everywhere at Fusion Studios homeless hotel in Denver, blasting music ebbs briefly
Problems with my neighbor blasting his music ebbed this weekend at Fusion Studios homeless hotel on Quebec, but the rodent infestation appears to be getting worse. On Tuesday night my neighbor resumed blasting his music and it went on all night. No sleep for me again. He would not answer his door when security knocked on it. He cussed out and threatened security through the door.
Aurora buys Crowne Plaza Hotel for homeless campus
The Aurora City Council voted Monday to buy the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 15500 E. 40th Ave. for $26.5 million. The city will transform the hotel into a homeless navigation campus.
Aurora may buy Crowne Plaza for a homeless hotel for $26.5 million
The City of Aurora will consider Monday buying the Crowne Plaza hotel at 15500 E. 40th Ave. for $26.5 million for use as a homeless navigation center. “The hotel is in very good condition and has the same amenities that have been planned for the navigation campus and more, including 255 rooms, an industrial kitchen, industrial laundry, congregate space, and space for service providers to do case management and other services,” according to a memo from city staff to council. “The hotel is better suited for the transportation of clientele, as there are already existing bus lines directly outside of the hotel and Gateway Park light rail station is in close proximity.”
Opinion: Denver Fusion Studios homeless hotel residents delight in banging on the walls
I didn’t get any sleep last night. Again. In recent weeks I have written about my neighbors blasting their music so loud the walls shake. This has gone on for three years at Fusion Studios, a Colorado Coalition for the Homeless property.
With no water at Fusion Studios homeless hotel, resident pleads with Denver council
Residents of Fusion Studios were without running water intermittently Tuesday. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Cathy Alderman, a spokesperson for Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, owner of Fusion, said there was an issue with water pressure. She said a pump has been repaired and service is back to normal.
A rundown of Denver’s homeless hotels
In just a few months, Denver has amassed a vast inventory of hotels and micro-communities for people experiencing homelessness. Homelessness czar Cole Chandler reviewed the properties with the City Council during the Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure committee meeting Tuesday.
Neighbors sound off about Radisson Hotel
Neighbors of the Radisson Hotel at 4849 Bannock St. in District 9 sounded off Thursday about the city’s plan to locate 220 homeless people there. They made their remarks during a public meeting. The neighbors already are angry that the hotel has been playing host to migrants being sheltered by the city, they said during the meeting.
Migrant homeless encampment on Zuni 'hitting a breaking point,' advocate says
A migrant homeless encampment outside a Quality Inn in Denver also hosting migrants continues to grow, serving as an example of broken dreams in America. “We’re really hitting a breaking point,” homeless advocate Amy Beck warned. “We need some action. We need a safe camping zone. Give us a place where people can go because what’s going on at Zuni is not sustainable.”
Homeless hotels 'redlining' Denver District 8, resident alleges
A handful of residents of Denver City Council district 8 told the council Monday that they don’t appreciate having all the homeless hotels located there. One woman referred to it as "redlining" the district.
Committee approves Denver homeless hotel contracts for $5.2M for Bayaud, St. Francis
Bayaud Enterprises and St. Francis Center are the latest non-profits set to win multi-million contracts to provide shelter and services to people experiencing homelessness. A contract with Bayaud for $2.1 million through June 2024 was discussed Wednesday at the Safety, Housing, Education and Homelessness Committee of the Denver City Council. Bayaud would provide services to homeless guests staying at the former Radisson, 4849 Bannock. The contract requires Bayaud:
Migrants will move, traditional homeless will move in at Denver Raddison
Migrants will move out of the Raddison Hotel at 4849 Bannock Street in District 9 and traditionally unhoused people will move in under a plan by the mayor’s office. Denver homelessness czar Cole Chandler briefed the City Council on the hotel master lease during Tuesday’s mayor-council meeting. The city plans to master lease the hotel from Quebec Hospitality Inc. for $10.4 million through Dec. 31, 2024. The city has been leasing blocks of rooms. Quebec Hospitality Inc. also owns the Comfort Inn off Quebec where migrants have been staying.
Opinion: Have drugs contaminated Denver’s homeless hotels?
At a recent town hall meeting regarding New Directions, the former Best Western Hotel in Park Hill purchased by the city of Denver, a woman asked how the city will remediate against drug contamination in between tenants.
More homeless micro-communities coming to Denver in districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, mayor says
Micro-communities for people experiencing homelessness are still coming to several parts of Denver. Mayor Mike Johnston said Friday during a meeting in District 8 that tiny homes or pallet shelters will be opening in districts 1 through 6, too. He said to expect further announcements in about two weeks. He said some of the projects are planned for next year.
Hotel rules pose food, clothing challenges to Denver migrants
To be a migrant in Denver is to struggle. A Globeville resident reached out to the author of this story this week to share her experience of making friends with a migrant in her neighborhood staying at a hotel. “They were in our neighborhood looking to enroll the kids in school so the mother could go out and find work,” Hanna McEldufff explained in an email. “They only speak Spanish, so we have been trying to help make calls in English to try and secure some housing for them.”
Denver district shoulders most of homeless House1000 load but encampments there not cleared
Denver City Council District 8 has emerged the heartbeat of Denver Mayor Mike Johnston’s House1000 plan. District 8 is home to three homeless hotels owned by or in the process of being leased by the city, including the 180-room Best Western and 300-room DoubleTree hotels in Park Hill and the Stay Inn at 12033 38th Ave. There also will be between 58 and 130 pallet shelters set up in the Stay Inn parking lot.
Daughter of homeless man found dead says Denver failed her father
The daughter of a man well known in Denver circles, Steve “Cowboy” Olsen, told the City Council Monday that Denver failed her dad. Her dad lived many years on the streets of Denver. He recently had become connected to city services, Destiny Olsen said. But he died suddenly in a motel room in Adams County.
Homeless hotel row: Quebec Street in Denver
The Denver City Council Safety, Housing, Education and Homelessness Committee will consider Wednesday leasing the DoubleTree Hotel at 4040 Quebec with an option to buy it. That would bring to three the number of homeless hotels on a less than two-mile stretch of Quebec Street. The other hotels are the city’s newly purchased Best Western Park Hill, now called New Directions, at 4590 Quebec, and the former Quality Inn and Suites at 3737 Quebec, now called Fusion Studios and owned by Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.
White House gives Denver homeless help, City Council demands more information on contracts
Stacie Gilmore, chair of the Safety, Housing, Education and Homelessness Committee of the City Council, ridiculed city homeless czar Cole Chandler on Wednesday for not doing a better job of briefing council members on contracts worth millions of dollars. “Plan a little more and not ask the Friday before (a committee meeting) if you want a briefing,” she said.
Denver may buy 300 sleeping units, DoubleTree hotel for homeless
(Denver, Colo.) The Safety, Housing, Education and Homelessness Committee will consider Oct. 18 spending $6 million on 300 more miniature shelters for people experiencing homelessness.