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As Aurora passes camping ban, some say enforcement money would be better spent on affordable housing

The Aurora City Council passed Mayor Mike Coffman’s urban camping ban, which could take effect as soon as April 28. The unauthorized-camping ordinance passed in a 6-5 vote. The ban will prohibit camping on public property in Aurora. Supporters of the measure have said it is inhumane to allow people who are homeless to live […]

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“We used to never have anything like this”: In Douglas County, signs of homelessness are on the rise

Often, Dan Makelky, the human resources director for Douglas County, looks out his office window in Castle Rock and sees someone get released from the nearby county jail and wander down the road with nowhere to go.  Central Castle Rock is outside the Regional Transportation District. Without public transportation connecting the town to other areas, […]

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Denver suburbs look to address homelessness as more camps move south and community tension builds

LITTLETON — Cyclists and joggers along the South Platte River Trail call police on a regular basis these days to report homeless campers. Residents also notify authorities when someone is sleeping on a sidewalk outside a storefront.  And then, while officers are responding to those reports of unauthorized camping or trespassing, other Littleton residents call […]

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Residents of Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood sue to stop legal homeless site from opening in church parking lot

Some residents in the Denver neighborhood of Park Hill are suing a nonprofit, a church and its pastor, and the city of Denver in an effort to prevent a legal homeless encampment from opening. The complaint filed Thursday in Denver District Court argues the site poses a danger to children, does not meet city requirements […]

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With homelessness more visible than ever, Colorado cities don’t have to count outdoor residents

Cities were granted a pass this year from a federal requirement that they attempt to count every resident who is homeless, whether in shelters, tents in the park or alone with a blanket on a sidewalk. Many of the nation’s cities, including Denver and Colorado Springs, decided that sending dozens of volunteers to the streets […]

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Confusion and omissions dampen hopes for speedy COVID-19 vaccinations of unhoused Coloradans

Advocates for people experiencing homelessness in Colorado are worried and frustrated that neither homeless shelter residents nor people living on streets are included in the state’s current COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan. An October 2020 draft state vaccination priority plan didn’t mention those living on streets, but did include people living in shelters during the second phase of […]