No one seems to know who is responsible for keeping Denver’s homeless shelters safe

Lack of communication and uncertainty about roles led to unsafe conditions at the Crossroads Shelter. It’s not clear even today whose responsibility it is.

The Crossroads homeless shelter next to a trendy gym, June 14, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) crossroads; homeless shelter; right to rest; denverite; five points; colorado; rino; denver; kevinjbeaty
The Crossroads homeless shelter next to a trendy gym, June 14, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Last month, Denverite published an article in which fire officials said that unsafe conditions at Salvation Army’s Crossroads shelter this winter could have led to a “major loss of life” in the event of a fire.


Medicaid keeps him in his own Denver condo, but now he fears the nursing home

People with disabilities and their advocates fear the Republican health care plan would force Aaron Walbert and others like him out of their homes.

Aaron Walbert at home in Capitol Hill, July 6, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) healthcare; medicaid; denver; capitol hill; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; disability;
Aaron Walbert at home in Capitol Hill. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Aaron Walbert’s fingers curled and tapped on the bar of the metal frame that kept him upright. His attendant, Jennifer Hill, had just asked him what he likes about living in his own condo.

He was silent for a few moments more, looking as if he was in a far away place, until he found his answer.

“Freedom,” he said in his slow rumble.



Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, July 14

Hi. It’s Friday and I’m about to get the heck out of Denver. I’ll be gone for a couple weeks, but my high-quality colleagues will do a high-quality job of delivering you the news. I know — it will be hard for me too. Anyway, today’s roundup features this super great podcast, plus some very interesting parks projects, sobering news on Denver real estate and, honestly, just a ton more things worth knowing.

Two military tanks parade through Arvada in 1927. (William L. Ford/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)
Two military tanks parade through Arvada in 1927. Don’t mess with Jeffco, I guess. (William L. Ford/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)