April 22, 2024

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Denver homeless nonprofit Urban Peak embroiled in wage dispute

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In what’s become an ugly dispute centered on a feel-good project, Denver’s best-known nonprofit working to solve youth homelessness is being accused of underpaying its contractors as it builds a four-story, $38 million shelter. 

Urban Peak, which plans to open the new, dormitory-style shelter this summer, paid its construction crews at residential rates instead of business construction rates, according to a review by Denver Labor, which flagged the pay issue as potential wage theft.

The mistake could bump up the cost of the state-of-the-art building by $2 million to $4 million, which means the shelter could struggle to afford furniture and the staff needed to operate it. 

Urban Peak, which received $16.8 million from the city to build the 136-bed homeless shelter, ran…

Jennifer Brown

2024-04-03 04:00:00

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