All cities, including Denver, are dynamic and always changing. Intense growth in Denver has come with skyrocketing housing prices, individual displacement and homelessness, serious concerns across all our communities. But there are additional challenges and responsibilities when an area with many families of color and unique cultural infrastructure experiences large-scale displacement, harming not only individuals, but fracturing a close-knit community and threatening the diversity and rich tapestry of urban neighborhoods that we all value. Our challenge is to keep investing and improving areas in need without involuntarily displacing long-time residents.
Cities thrive when all people can live in safe, stable, affordable homes in healthy neighborhoods connected to opportunities without fear of displacement. Recent research conducted by PolicyLink and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity shows that reducing rent burdens, one of the main causes of displacement, would put $124 billion back in the pocketbooks of renters to spend in their local communities. But housing costs and displacement pressures are rising across the country, destabilizing families, neighborhoods, and entire cities. In response to this growing crisis, PolicyLink launched the All-In Cities Anti-Displacement Policy Network in April 2018. Composed of 64 local leaders from 10 cities across the country, the network is advancing bold new ideas while building the power, voice, and capacity of communities directly impacted by displacement in defining challenges and advancing solutions.
The cities in this network are working toward one bold result: For low-income people, Indigenous people, marginalized LGBTQ people, and people of color to experience increased housing security and less housing, business, and cultural displacement in their communities. Download the network one-pager.