Advocates say cuts will have disproportionate effects, and resettlement office closures will end hard-earned relationships with communities.
For some, the charged political climate adds urgency to the day's festivities.
While Hancock has much more money in the bank, the challenger has raised more money in the first months of 2018.
Hancock described the marijuana industry as “stepping up” and asking to be part of the solution.
Cities around the U.S. are struggling with Denver’s big question: What do you do about harassment in elected office?
Denver City Council suggested that it would "lead by example" by creating a policy for reporting and investigating complaint about its members.
The announcement comes just a week before the Denver City Council is set to consider the new housing plan Erik Soliván helped write.
The new hire will oversee up to 20 people and a $20 million budget within Denver's Office of Economic Development.
Housing advocates and some members of Denver City Council have pushed for months for the city to dedicate more money for affordable housing.
By the second quarter of 2018 (that's spring), the city should be ready to start taking out the new debt approved by voters, Mayor Michael Hancock said.
Lack of communication and uncertainty about roles led to unsafe conditions at the Crossroads Shelter. It's not clear even today whose responsibility it is.
Featured alongside the mayors of Los Angeles, Louisville and Boston, Michael Hancock is described as a "low-key leader" who's living out a childhood dream.
Colorado's refugee arrivals are rapidly decreasing under a Trump administration order that more than halved the number of displaced people who are being allowed in the U.S. this year.