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Helping Those In Need

As life as we know it comes to a slowdown, if not a halt, we are given the opportunity to reflect on what we have and all that we are grateful for.  While I have felt especially grateful to have a roof over my head and food in my refrigerator, there are individuals experiencing homelessness that don’t have the ability to ‘stay home’ and away from potential exposure to COVID-19.  People experiencing homelessness are at particular risk for spreading the virus because often they live in close quarters with extremely limited sanitation facilities. In order to prevent the community spread of the virus in homeless shelters and public spaces, there is a dire need for space for individuals experiencing homelessness.

Mile High Hosts has reached out to our local city representatives letting them know our hosting community is aware of this need.  We understand that opening up your space to those in need is not something everyone is comfortable doing, but for anyone who might have a usable space is asked to email housingstability@denvergov.org, and volunteers are asked to reach out to the Mile High United Way or the Denver Rescue Mission atunitedwaydenver.org/volunteer or DenverRescueMission.org/volunteer, respectively.

Read more about this from the Denver Posts here.

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New STR Ordinance Language Update

Before the COVID-19 consumed our thoughts and inboxes, our community had a mission to ensure the newly proposed short-term rental ordinance language did not negatively impact the hosting community.  Many of you wrote or had face-to-face meetings with your city councilmembers and some spoke publicly at the Biz Committee meeting on March 11th.  Many expressed their concerns with the new language, specifically about “fixed habitation” and the potential of license denial based on the number of days that the short-term rental has been, or will be, rented within the calendar year.

During the Biz meeting on the 11th, Excise and Licenses (EXL) presented the new language to a sub-committee of city councilmembers and fielded many questions.  What came as a pleasant surprise to many of us attending the meeting, was what EXL confirmed with members of city council. Ashley Kilroy, the Director of EXL, said that they would not be denying a license based on lifestyle or frequency of travel — this is something we have seen as the reason for license denial or investigation in the past.  While it looks likely that this ordinance language will pass, we are optimistic that our community has made its voice heard, bringing to the attention of the City Council and the Director that we are gravely concerned about how this language will potentially shut down good hosts.