PROPERTY AUCTION DELAY COULD HELP THE HOMELESS
Federal officials have delayed the auction of 59 acres of land near the West Rail Line Federal Center Station for 45 days, giving some hope the land could be used to develop housing for homeless people.
“This is a great first step in stopping the sale of the property to commercial interests,” said Colorado Coalition for the Homeless CEO John Parvensky, who sued to stop the auction on Tuesday, the day the sale was set.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office notified a federal judge that it will take no action on the auction until Sept. 8.
The homeless coalition will continue to pursue its request for an order requiring HUD to re-evaluate the suitability of the property as required by Title V of the McKinney-Vento Act. The act gives homeless agencies the right of first refusal when federal properties are sold.
“It continues to confound us that HUD could have determined that the Federal Center Station property, located adjacent to the RTD station and St. Anthony’s Hospital, was ‘unsuitable for use to assist the homeless’, while GSA determined that it was more than suitable for high-end residential and commercial development,” Parvensky wrote. — Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post