Aurora deals with housing rights and second chance support

AURORA | Aurora lawmakers are ready to make two statements of support on Monday: one declaring housing is a “human right” and the other declaring April a “second chance month”.

The city council will consider whether to finalize the resolutions during a city council meeting at 6:30 p.m. To tune in, watch Channel 8 or stream online at www.auroratv.org.

Councilor Crystal Murillo introduced the statement last month that “Housing is a human right”. A slim majority supported the symbolic statement during a study session in March: Murillo, Nicole Johnston, Angela Lawson, Allison Hiltz, Juan Marcano, and Alison Coombs.

While the resolution does not create anything concrete, it would “provide more support for legislative issues related to housing and homelessness” and “create another demonstration of support to preserve and create more existing affordable housing”.

Councilor Curtis Gardner urges the idea to declare “Second Chance Month” every April in Aurora. The resolution would express support for convicted Aurors who have served their prison sentences but may still face obstacles to employment, education, housing and other “stigmas,” Gardner said.

“It’s really just a statement that we want to make sure these scars are removed so people don’t face what is sometimes called a ‘second prison’,” he said last week. Gardner responded to the resolution in a Sentinel op-ed last week.

A majority of lawmakers also supported this idea last week.

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