Letter to the editor: Gardner should take action

Posted 10/15/20

Gardner should take action Your Sept. 18 article, “We get moved out of everywhere: Homeless sweep starts process over again,” gives voice to suffering neighbors in our community. Colorado’s …

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Letter to the editor: Gardner should take action

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Gardner should take action

Your Sept. 18 article, “We get moved out of everywhere: Homeless sweep starts process over again,” gives voice to suffering neighbors in our community. Colorado’s housing crisis has only become more serious with COVID-19, and there are specific, effective actions we can take to improve the situation.

The Aspen Institute recently released a report, “The COVID-19 Eviction Crisis: an Estimated 30-40 Million People in America Are at Risk” showing the severe effects this public health crisis poses to renters. The trauma of eviction can have long-term consequences for children. Psychologists tell us that keeping kids safely housed is a top priority.

Fortunately, there are policy solutions that can help. The Heroes Act 2.0, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Oct. 1, invests $50 billion up front in housing and rental assistance. It would contribute to keeping our friends and neighbors housed and able to pay their rent, which in turn helps landlords pay their mortgages.

Yet, this critical investment won’t happen unless the Senate, too, approves the Heroes Act 2.0, so that it can be signed into law and implemented. Sen. Cory Gardner has a responsibility to keep Colorado’s kids safe and housed. Fulfilling his commitment to Colorado means he should speak to Senate leadership and get this done.

It’s time we, and our senators, get to work building a better future.

Christie Renner

Roxborough

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