Housing should be a human right for all, not a commodity for the rich.
We are here to demand, to create the housing every human being deserves.
Housing is a Human Right
While housing is built for the rich, we live in the shadows cast by housing we can never afford. Yet we are here – poor and houseless – fighting for housing for all. Housing should be a human right for all, not a commodity for the rich. We will not sit back and wait in endless lines and lotteries silently hoping for change. We are here to demand, to develop, to build the housing every human being deserves.
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This research was conducted from 2020-2023 by students and professors from Regis University and the University of Denver in collaboration with the Denver based advocacy organization Housekeys Action Network Denver (HAND). We mapped 271 publicly available water fountains and toilets in the City of Denver, conducted 193 surveys and 5 focus groups with unhoused people.
This study uses a qualitative research methodology, conducting in-depth interviews with nine individuals to learn more about their experiences with houselessness and their journey to obtain stable housing.
Exclusionary land use policies have taken many forms in the state of Colorado, dating back to its colonization. These policies have evolved from the seizure of public and private land from native tribes, to Denver’s early urban beautification movement, to discriminatory zoning laws and practices, to the criminalization of survival behaviors commonly performed in public by members of the unhoused community.
Housekeys Action Network Denver
Created in 2022 to build the fight for housing from the priorities of houseless people.
We hold HAND Community Meetings every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 4:30-6:30pm at the Emerson School Building (1420 N Ogden St). There will be food. Join us in this work!