OSRNO's position on the Group Living Advisory Committee's recommendations

January 25, 2020

In spring of 2018, the City of Denver launched a Group Living Advisory Committee (GLAC)  sponsored by at-large City Council members Robin Kniech and Debbie Ortega to develop policy recommendations regarding group living.

The OSRNO Board took interest and was optimistic that the City would create a wise and thoughtful new group-living policy that provides help to individuals, while preventing negative impacts to Denver’s neighborhoods and citizens. One of our Board Members joined the GLAC and several others  have participated in meetings and closely followed its efforts.

Throughout the process OSRNO Board members identified many shortcomings and pitfalls, including the process and concerns about the GLAC’s industry-heavy membership. One recent recommendation is particularly concerning. GLAC is suggesting a significant change to the number of unrelated people that can live in a household in Denver. If adopted, the change will raise that number of unrelated people from two to 8-12 unrelated people, plus an unlimited number of their respective relatives.

Given these concerns, the Board has become more involved, documenting its concerns, which have been shared with with the GLAC, Council members Kniech and Ortega, District 9 Council member Candi CdeBaca, and others. We want you to be aware of this information too. If you have questions, please reach out to a Board member.