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Denver City Council Approves Funding for Safe Camping Sites

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In a 10-1 vote, Denver City Council approved allotting $900,000 to existing and future safe-camping sites for people experiencing homelessness through a contract with the nonprofit Colorado Village Collaborative.

“I have heard from massive numbers of my constituents that they think this would be the direction that would be better to go than what we’ve had with unregulated camps,” Councilwoman Robin Kniech said during the February 16 council meeting before voting in favor of the proposal.

The money will help

Homeless in downtown Denver brace for police, state patrol to remove them

The Colorado State Patrol soon will have authority to enforce Denver’s camping ban just as Gov. Jared Polis said Thursday that he would welcome the removal of those living on state property including in the shadow of the Colorado Capitol.

The words stung people who are living in Lincoln Park, just across from the Capitol, and who are bracing for police or troopers to pull the rug out from under their feet once more. Many living in the park told The Denver Post on Friday that it’s not as though they want to sleep in tents downtown. Rather, they say

Denver to create campsites, consider tax hike to help people experiencing homelessness

Denver will soon host several designated campsites for people experiencing homelessness, marking a substantial shift in Mayor Michael Hancock’s approach and what advocates say is hopefully a catalyst for even more change.

“This is an emergency step that is necessary because of the ongoing pandemic,” Hancock said during a press conference. “The situation has deteriorated to the point where we must work and move to reduce risk now.”

At the same time, the city will work quickly to break up existing, unsanctioned camps, especially around Capitol Hill, almost certainly displacing more people than the new camps will be able