Homeless in Boulder

This documentary received a PRNDI award in 2019. Each year Public Radio News Directors Inc., (PRNDI) honors the best work being done by local public radio stations.

In Division C (stations with small newsrooms) KGNU won the second place award in the “Short Documentary” category for Roz Brown’s documentary Homeless in Boulder.

Update: December 25, 2018: The Boulder City Council will consider having the severe weather shelter for the homeless community be open every night in winter. The proposal comes from Boulder Mayor Suzanne Jones and Council Member Aaron Brockett after attending the memorial for the people who died while homeless on December 22, 2018.

On any given day the number of homeless in the United States is somewhere near 550-thousand. And five thousand of those folks are estimated to be the Denver/Boulder-metro area. Like Denver and other cities across the U.S., Boulder struggles with whether it’s doing enough to help the homeless community, or if it’s offering too much – discouraging individuals from getting out of homelessness by making them dependent on local services. KGNU’s Roz Brown takes a look at the issue from a variety of perspectives.

Photo of the Homeless Vigil Boulder, remembering those who died on the streets, January 2018.