DENVER -- When people lose their homes, self storage is where many put everything they own. During the pandemic, though, Contact Denver7 found that hundreds of storage units are up for auction as people struggle to pay rent.

Contact Denver7 found the auction clock is ticking for hundreds of Colorado storage units as their unemployed owners struggle to pay rent during the pandemic.

"Everything I had, everything I had was in there," said Derek Sklar, who lost everything he owned when his unit was auctioned after he had paid $300 to try to catch up on back rent.

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Jaclyn Allen

Emmy Award winning weekend anchor and Contact7 consumer advocate reporter Jaclyn Allen joined the Denver7 team in January 2007. In her reporting, she holds the powerful accountable, advocates for consumers and tells the stories of remarkable Coloradans. The winner of two Heartland Emmy awards for her anchoring and reporting, Jaclyn has also been nominated for more than 20 Heartland Emmy awards, including nominations for Feature Reporting, Human Interest Reporting, Technology Reporting, Crime Reporting, Consumer Reporting, Live Reporting, Spot News Reporting and General News Reporting. She has also won CABJ awards for Investigative Reporting and News Reporting. Originally from Oklahoma, Jaclyn has spent most of her adult life climbing, skiing, hiking and exploring in Colorado. She and her husband have also traveled the world together. Their newest adventure is raising their one-year-old daughter while spending as much time as possible with their four nieces and extended family. Before coming to Denver, Jaclyn reported and anchored in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Sherman, Texas. Working as a research assistant and associate producer in Oklahoma City while in undergrad, Jaclyn graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma with degrees in journalism and music. She also studied abroad in France and speaks French. She is currently working on a graduate degree in journalism at the University of Missouri.