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Oct. 12, 2023: Denver Basic Income seeks homelessness solutions; Matthew Shepard’s legacy

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A homeless encampment at Logan and 8th, across from the Governor’s Mansion, in Denver, as city crews arrived to conduct a forced removal and cleanup of the site, Sept. 26, 2023.

There’s no “one size fits all” solution for homelessness, but one big idea being tested is literally giving unrestricted money to those struggling. We ask how the Denver Basic Income Project is working and hear from a man who says it's transformed his life. Then, 25 years ago, a young college student named Matthew Shepard was brutally attacked and left for dead -- all because he was gay. His parents reflect on his legacy and their ongoing work toward acceptance.