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SWAT Teams Deployed to Destroy Homes Built by Charity Group for the Homeless

SWAT operators were among the estimated 70 officers deployed to Denver’s Sustainability Park on October 24 to tear down “tiny homes” erected the group Denver Homeless Out Loud (DHOL). Protest organizers explained that the park had been selected because the Denver Housing Authority, which owns the property, has demolished hundreds of low-income housing units, exacerbating an already critical shortage of affordable homes. Zoning and building code restraints have frustrated efforts to build the “tiny homes” elsewhere in the city.

Had the demonstration proceeded as planned, activists would have erected a makeshift community called Resurrection Village modeled after the 3,000-person tent city built in Washington, D.C. by Martin Luther King, Jr..’s Poor People’s Human Rights Campaign nearly fifty years ago. Ten activists were arrested during the Denver crack-down.

“Little Denver is a project being built by, with, and for people without housing in Denver, CO.,” explains DHOL. “We seek to create affordable, sustainable alternatives to the current housing system. Tiny homes, residential structures between 100 and 200 square feet in size, [are] what we propose. Our vision is to create a community of micro-houses grouped together in a Tiny Home Village.”

The group notes that Denver is experiencing a “housing crisis” with record-high rents and “cutbacks for affording housing construction and maintenance.” According to Mile-High Connects, in the Denver area there are at least 6,300 homeless persons, and more than 106,000 residents who spend half of their monthly income on rent. The Denver Post reports that soaring costs of housing are overtaking household incomes, leaving many young professionals and middle-income families facing the prospect of homelessness.

Denver is among the top ten “least affordable counties for Millennials who want to buy homes,” observes the National Journal. The city has long sought to attract young professionals in tech-related industries – including the newest version of “high” tech, the production and marketing of recreational marijuana.

“Out of the ashes of the global recession that started in late 2007 has risen a city where everyone wants to be,” narrates an article in the current edition of Denver Magazine. “People have flooded into the capital of the New West with dreams of the snowcapped Rocky Mountains, of youthful entrepreneurship, of city streets teeming with restaurants and bars and boutiques. They have come from California, from Texas, from Florida, and from the Midwest. Close to 1,000 new souls are moving into the city each month—an estimated 12,000 people this year. Every one of them needs a place to live.”

New arrivals in Denver have “moved into apartment complexes faster than units can be built,” continues the magazine. “Rents are up nine percent this year alone, pushing Denver’s average rents past other destination cities such as Miami and Portland, Oregon. A one-bedroom apartment downtown now can cost more than $2,000 a month. A planned complex at the remodeled Union Station will soon have two-bedroom units available for up to $3,545.”

A decade ago, roughly one-quarter of Denver’s newly built homes were condominiums, an affordable middle option between an apartment and a stand-alone home for young professionals. As is the case in too many other cities, however, Denver’s housing market fell prey to the inevitable distortions of the Federal Reserve-engineered housing boom.

“Like most cities in the years after the late 2008 stock-market collapse, Denver’s housing market came to a virtual halt,” recalls Denver Magazine. “Potential buyers suddenly found themselves without work or in jobs where they took home less than they had previously. With wages slashed or salary freezes in place, people cut expenses. Without buyers, developers stopped building. People who were underwater on their mortgages couldn’t sell—and many people with solid incomes and job security still found it difficult to get loans.” The result was what Ron Throupe, associate professor at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, calls “pretty much a perfect storm that killed development.”

In 2010, reacting to horror stories about poorly constructed condos, the Colorado State Legislature exacerbated the problem by enacting a law allowing homeowner associations to file class-action lawsuits against builders if two or more units in a given condo have “defects.” The results were, or at least should have been, predictable: Amid proliferating lawsuits, condo construction simply stopped. Since then, construction has recovered somewhat – but new condos are much smaller, each of them having fewer than the 30 units that would trigger Denver municipal mandates on affordable housing.

By the spring of this year, the Denver Post was describing the local housing market as “a version of `The Hunger Games,’ with buyers scrounging for whatever weapons they can find to remain the last bidder standing.”

“If my wife and I tried to buy our house now, there’s no way we could live here,” observes Denver City Councilman Rafael Espinoza, an architect by profession. “We wouldn’t have been part of this neighborhood. It’s not like it was gradual, either. It went from affordable to priced out just like that.”

Over the past several decades, various municipal administrations in Denver have embarked on federally subsidized initiatives to build affordable housing – and the problem has grown consistently worse. DHOL’s quixotic and largely symbolic response was to ignore the onerous regulations and crony arrangements that have wrecked Denver’s housing market and simply start building homes.

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    • NOT IN YOUR LIFE The Free Thought Project.com . . . ONLY ONE THING WORSE THAN OUR GOVERNMENT NOW IS NO GOVERNMENT . . . .

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    • The Free Thought Project.com HELL’S BELLS, IT IS PRACTICALLY THE SAME THING!!!

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  • police state,end of story

  • police state,end of story

  • police state,end of story

  • If Colorado is flush in Cannabis cash can’t they kick down some housing for the homeless. What some bums!

  • If Colorado is flush in Cannabis cash can’t they kick down some housing for the homeless. What some bums!

  • If Colorado is flush in Cannabis cash can’t they kick down some housing for the homeless. What some bums!

  • This was sum bullshit!

  • This was sum bullshit!

  • This was sum bullshit!

  • When you try to squit on Goverment or privite land what do you except a medal, why dont some of these do gooders buy some land to put these dopers on.

    • Your grammar fits perfectly with your level of intellect.

    • Mike Nielsen Your picture fits your personality to a tee.

    • dopers, haha. bet you are voting for Trump. But yeah i agree with the rest; most likly no permets or even up to code either.

    • You silly republicans and your temper tantrums. Stop being such a brat.

    • “Dopers” is a COP term. GTFO pig

    • dumbass statitst

  • When you try to squit on Goverment or privite land what do you except a medal, why dont some of these do gooders buy some land to put these dopers on.

    • Your grammar fits perfectly with your level of intellect.

    • Mike Nielsen Your picture fits your personality to a tee.

    • dopers, haha. bet you are voting for Trump. But yeah i agree with the rest; most likly no permets or even up to code either.

    • You silly republicans and your temper tantrums. Stop being such a brat.

    • “Dopers” is a COP term. GTFO pig

    • dumbass statitst

  • When you try to squit on Goverment or privite land what do you except a medal, why dont some of these do gooders buy some land to put these dopers on.

    • Your grammar fits perfectly with your level of intellect.

    • Mike Nielsen Your picture fits your personality to a tee.

    • dopers, haha. bet you are voting for Trump. But yeah i agree with the rest; most likly no permets or even up to code either.

    • You silly republicans and your temper tantrums. Stop being such a brat.

    • “Dopers” is a COP term. GTFO pig

    • dumbass statitst

  • Being homeless is now a crime.

  • Being homeless is now a crime.

  • Being homeless is now a crime.

  • so make more people homeless fixes homeless problem ? interesting concept did Harvard do a study

  • so make more people homeless fixes homeless problem ? interesting concept did Harvard do a study

  • so make more people homeless fixes homeless problem ? interesting concept did Harvard do a study

  • because, logic.

    • Many of the vacant homes are “uninhabitable” because they do not have working plumbing, heaters, or mold. Seems like the same problem you would have on the street.

  • because, logic.

    • Many of the vacant homes are “uninhabitable” because they do not have working plumbing, heaters, or mold. Seems like the same problem you would have on the street.

  • because, logic.

    • Many of the vacant homes are “uninhabitable” because they do not have working plumbing, heaters, or mold. Seems like the same problem you would have on the street.

  • The people and policies that govern and control, must be fixed before this can be.

  • The people and policies that govern and control, must be fixed before this can be.

  • The people and policies that govern and control, must be fixed before this can be.

  • They don’t look like police anymore, more like the military!

  • They don’t look like police anymore, more like the military!

  • They don’t look like police anymore, more like the military!

  • Smh

  • Smh

  • Smh

  • What they did was not permitted by the city. They were told to leave. They refused. They were arrested for trespassing. I see nothing wrong here. If they want to do this sort of thing, they should save up money, buy some land, get the permits, and do it right. Putting up illegal shacks on city property is not the way to do it.

    • what’s wrong was that land was originally low income housing land. The city didn’t upkeep it, intentionally, to turn it to blight, made a sweetheart deal for some “supporters” to demolish it in the 90’s, then made another one to sell it to some developers for a tidy profit.

      The poor got buttscrewed, and now they are again.

    • spoken like a true bootlicker jeremy

    • Damn bleeding heart liberals all over the place. You are not supposed to feed the animals in the wild because they become dependent. But you build illegal “housing” and give them free food, and you don’t expect the population to grow? Quit giving money to panhandlers, quit feeding them, and quit trying to build them free housing, and there would be fewer homeless people. That is the solution. Handouts will never work. It will only make the problem worse. But i know that liberals do not understand logic, so it will never happen.

  • What they did was not permitted by the city. They were told to leave. They refused. They were arrested for trespassing. I see nothing wrong here. If they want to do this sort of thing, they should save up money, buy some land, get the permits, and do it right. Putting up illegal shacks on city property is not the way to do it.

    • what’s wrong was that land was originally low income housing land. The city didn’t upkeep it, intentionally, to turn it to blight, made a sweetheart deal for some “supporters” to demolish it in the 90’s, then made another one to sell it to some developers for a tidy profit.

      The poor got buttscrewed, and now they are again.

    • spoken like a true bootlicker jeremy

    • Damn bleeding heart liberals all over the place. You are not supposed to feed the animals in the wild because they become dependent. But you build illegal “housing” and give them free food, and you don’t expect the population to grow? Quit giving money to panhandlers, quit feeding them, and quit trying to build them free housing, and there would be fewer homeless people. That is the solution. Handouts will never work. It will only make the problem worse. But i know that liberals do not understand logic, so it will never happen.

  • What they did was not permitted by the city. They were told to leave. They refused. They were arrested for trespassing. I see nothing wrong here. If they want to do this sort of thing, they should save up money, buy some land, get the permits, and do it right. Putting up illegal shacks on city property is not the way to do it.

    • what’s wrong was that land was originally low income housing land. The city didn’t upkeep it, intentionally, to turn it to blight, made a sweetheart deal for some “supporters” to demolish it in the 90’s, then made another one to sell it to some developers for a tidy profit.

      The poor got buttscrewed, and now they are again.

    • spoken like a true bootlicker jeremy

    • Damn bleeding heart liberals all over the place. You are not supposed to feed the animals in the wild because they become dependent. But you build illegal “housing” and give them free food, and you don’t expect the population to grow? Quit giving money to panhandlers, quit feeding them, and quit trying to build them free housing, and there would be fewer homeless people. That is the solution. Handouts will never work. It will only make the problem worse. But i know that liberals do not understand logic, so it will never happen.

  • These are codes violation not crime. What judge signed this?

    • They were asked to leave, refused, and were arrested for tresspassing

  • These are codes violation not crime. What judge signed this?

    • They were asked to leave, refused, and were arrested for tresspassing

  • These are codes violation not crime. What judge signed this?

    • They were asked to leave, refused, and were arrested for tresspassing

  • Anyone else had enough of US bullshit? Go on and please continue to provok China and Russia into nuclear war.They will be forced to react soon.So thank US gov for ushering the Prophetic end of days they wrote of in Revelations

  • Anyone else had enough of US bullshit? Go on and please continue to provok China and Russia into nuclear war.They will be forced to react soon.So thank US gov for ushering the Prophetic end of days they wrote of in Revelations

  • Anyone else had enough of US bullshit? Go on and please continue to provok China and Russia into nuclear war.They will be forced to react soon.So thank US gov for ushering the Prophetic end of days they wrote of in Revelations

  • I guess they’ve forgotten about our history. What would Abe Lincoln have done when the building inspector showed up at his log cabin? How did our ancestors survive without gov’t interferance? Thank goodness for bullshxt regulations protecting our lives and freedoms

  • I guess they’ve forgotten about our history. What would Abe Lincoln have done when the building inspector showed up at his log cabin? How did our ancestors survive without gov’t interferance? Thank goodness for bullshxt regulations protecting our lives and freedoms

  • I guess they’ve forgotten about our history. What would Abe Lincoln have done when the building inspector showed up at his log cabin? How did our ancestors survive without gov’t interferance? Thank goodness for bullshxt regulations protecting our lives and freedoms

  • The battle between light and dark continues…

  • The battle between light and dark continues…

  • The battle between light and dark continues…

  • Can totally picture a squad care radioing in ‘we got a dozen dog houses here. We’re going to need swat.’. Jokes aside people have spent millions to keep people homeless and make millions on their being homeless. You can’t house homeless. You provide shelter. I’ve been called homeless but I prefer to call earth home.

  • Can totally picture a squad care radioing in ‘we got a dozen dog houses here. We’re going to need swat.’. Jokes aside people have spent millions to keep people homeless and make millions on their being homeless. You can’t house homeless. You provide shelter. I’ve been called homeless but I prefer to call earth home.

  • Can totally picture a squad care radioing in ‘we got a dozen dog houses here. We’re going to need swat.’. Jokes aside people have spent millions to keep people homeless and make millions on their being homeless. You can’t house homeless. You provide shelter. I’ve been called homeless but I prefer to call earth home.

  • Sad times in the U.S.

  • Sad times in the U.S.

  • Sad times in the U.S.

  • They are afraid of the shanty towns they are forcing us into erecting to survive. Because rich people are willfully ignorant of how their investments infringe on the rights of others the whole system has been undermined. and very soon even Real Estate will lose all its value.

  • They are afraid of the shanty towns they are forcing us into erecting to survive. Because rich people are willfully ignorant of how their investments infringe on the rights of others the whole system has been undermined. and very soon even Real Estate will lose all its value.

  • They are afraid of the shanty towns they are forcing us into erecting to survive. Because rich people are willfully ignorant of how their investments infringe on the rights of others the whole system has been undermined. and very soon even Real Estate will lose all its value.

  • It’s time for the people to invoke their rights set forth by the Declaration of Independence and abolish a government that refuses to change, a government against the people.

  • It’s time for the people to invoke their rights set forth by the Declaration of Independence and abolish a government that refuses to change, a government against the people.

  • It’s time for the people to invoke their rights set forth by the Declaration of Independence and abolish a government that refuses to change, a government against the people.

  • This is criminal. Any fuckwit cop participating in this bullshit shouldn’ve been terminated before birth.

  • This is criminal. Any fuckwit cop participating in this bullshit shouldn’ve been terminated before birth.

  • This is criminal. Any fuckwit cop participating in this bullshit shouldn’ve been terminated before birth.

  • GETTING PAID OVER TIME TO DESTROY THEIR FELLOW AMERICANS SHELTER ?

  • GETTING PAID OVER TIME TO DESTROY THEIR FELLOW AMERICANS SHELTER ?

  • GETTING PAID OVER TIME TO DESTROY THEIR FELLOW AMERICANS SHELTER ?

  • The military of PTSD

  • The military of PTSD

  • The military of PTSD

  • Whiskey tango Foxtrot

  • Whiskey tango Foxtrot

  • Whiskey tango Foxtrot

  • How can those pigs look in the mirror at night?

  • How can those pigs look in the mirror at night?

  • How can those pigs look in the mirror at night?

  • Acts of violence for political fan is terror. Storm in troopers

  • Acts of violence for political fan is terror. Storm in troopers

  • Acts of violence for political fan is terror. Storm in troopers

  • This article is misleading. They did not get permission from the land owner, did not pull permits and wasted a bunch of community resources and goodwill. They could have used the same resource$ and actually made a different in the homeless situation here, instead they wasted resources in a law-breaking photo-op.

  • This article is misleading. They did not get permission from the land owner, did not pull permits and wasted a bunch of community resources and goodwill. They could have used the same resource$ and actually made a different in the homeless situation here, instead they wasted resources in a law-breaking photo-op.

  • This article is misleading. They did not get permission from the land owner, did not pull permits and wasted a bunch of community resources and goodwill. They could have used the same resource$ and actually made a different in the homeless situation here, instead they wasted resources in a law-breaking photo-op.

  • Shamefull

  • Shamefull

  • Shamefull

  • shameful

  • shameful

  • shameful

  • To crazy for words, what a scum!!!

  • To crazy for words, what a scum!!!

  • To crazy for words, what a scum!!!

  • wtf

  • wtf

  • wtf

  • Colorado is one of the places that blames the poor for just about everything wrong. The thought that the state nickels and dimes the average person, while opening up a multitude of tax breaks at the top isn’t even a thought about being the problem.

  • Colorado is one of the places that blames the poor for just about everything wrong. The thought that the state nickels and dimes the average person, while opening up a multitude of tax breaks at the top isn’t even a thought about being the problem.

  • Colorado is one of the places that blames the poor for just about everything wrong. The thought that the state nickels and dimes the average person, while opening up a multitude of tax breaks at the top isn’t even a thought about being the problem.

  • Post the pictures of these heartless people so their neighbors and people who associate with them can know what kind of people they really are.

  • Post the pictures of these heartless people so their neighbors and people who associate with them can know what kind of people they really are.

  • Post the pictures of these heartless people so their neighbors and people who associate with them can know what kind of people they really are.

  • Lauren Pine this is what I was telling you about.

  • Lauren Pine this is what I was telling you about.

  • Lauren Pine this is what I was telling you about.

  • Yeah it’s a good thing but they didn’t do it in a legally allowed place. Yeah it’s dumb but you would think they would have asked the city to operate on the private land

  • Yeah it’s a good thing but they didn’t do it in a legally allowed place. Yeah it’s dumb but you would think they would have asked the city to operate on the private land

  • Yeah it’s a good thing but they didn’t do it in a legally allowed place. Yeah it’s dumb but you would think they would have asked the city to operate on the private land

  • State government is out of control.

  • State government is out of control.

  • State government is out of control.

  • Then what happened????

  • Then what happened????

  • Then what happened????

  • Government represents our desire to harm people.

  • Government represents our desire to harm people.