Survey: Majority of residents in several Denver neighborhoods feel like they're being forced out

88% of residents are considered at-risk of leaving
Posted at 9:49 PM, Jul 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 00:30:51-04

DENVER -- An overwhelming majority of residents in Globeville and Elyria-Swansea feel like they're being forced out. According to a survey of 500 people, 88 percent of residents are considered at risk of displacement.

The GES Coalition, in partnership with community organizations and neighborhood leaders, released the results of the survey Tuesday.

According to the results, 62 percent of renters in the surveyed neighborhoods are also considered extremely vulnerable to displacement.

"It’s just hard for them, 'cause they have to choose between being able to provide for their family or living in a neighborhood like this," said Rey Gallegos, a Globeville resident.

Community members involved with the coalition want to start a land trust in hopes of preserving some affordability.

The city of Denver also plans on addressing concerns centered around affordable housing and displacement.The city will release a plan in September, in addition allocating funds related to these issues in the 2018 budget cycle. 

"There’s a host of solutions that we’re looking at and I emphasize solutions cause there is no single solution to this issue," said Erik Solivan, Executive Director with Denver's Office of HOPE (Housing and Opportunities for People Everywhere.)

The survey also showed that if given the choice residents would opt to stay put in their community.

"For people to get displaced, it’s very sad and it’s very frustrating," said Gallegos.