New Program Hopes to Give Tenants a Fair Chance in Eviction Cases


With rent prices spiking, Denver is in the midst of an eviction crisis.
News Story (Colorado)

Sara Fleming
Westword (Denver)
June 13, 2018
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Tags: Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Colorado Legal Services, Colorado Center on Law and Policy


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In light of growing attention to these reports, housing activists have increasingly turned to protesting eviction practices and highlighting rent increases as a result of gentrification as one of the causes of homelessness.

“We must reduce the number of Denverites with no place to call home,” said Jonathan Asher, executive director of Colorado Legal Services, at a press conference announcing the program. “By making it easier for more Denver residents to get the legal help they need when facing eviction, the city council has chosen to level the playing field for low-income renters…ensuring that outcomes are not determined by how much money people have, but the merits of their cases.”