Kayvan Khalatbari talks about the commitment and creativity needed to solve a rising housing crisis in Denver, Colorado
What does it look like to think creatively about the housing crisis, the biggest problem currently facing our city? In the 1980’s Ronald Reagan used the recession as an excuse to cut spending on social services, including mental health and housing, which is the primary factor in the population of people experiencing homelessness rising from 200,000 to more than 1.5 million today. With state level roadblocks like TABOR, and an increasingly ineffective state legislature, it is becoming increasingly incumbent on local municipalities in Colorado to tackle this growing problem at the local level. This talk focuses on the myriad of solutions that exist, both short- and long-term, and what barriers stand in our way.