Homeless Advocacy Group to Present Urban Camping Ban Survey Findings to Denver City Council Committee June 25th

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Homeless Advocacy Group to Present Urban Camping Ban Survey Findings to Denver City Council Committee June 25th

Denver, CO – June 20, 2013 - On Tuesday, June 25th at 1:30pm the homeless peoples’ advocacy group Denver Homeless Out Loud (DHOL) will discuss the impact of the Denver urban camping ban on homeless residents with the Denver City Council’s Health, Safety, Education and Services Committee (Room 391, City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St, Denver, Colorado 80202). DHOL will present findings and recommendations from its report, The Denver Camping Ban: A Report from the Street, released on April 3rd after surveying 512 homeless people last November and December to learn how the ban has affected them. The survey was professionally written to be unbiased and the data analyzed and report produced by Dr. Tony Robinson, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at University of Colorado/Denver, who will present the information to the committee at the meeting. Continue reading

Press Release: A Report from the Street

Report from the StreetCamping Ban Proves to be Counterproductive and Cruel

Survey finds law criminalizes activities necessary for homeless survival without providing alternatives.

By Chris Casey | University of Colorado Denver, University Communications

DENVER – Denver’s controversial “camping ban” has left the homeless no place to sleep outdoors safely and legally at night, forcing them into hidden spots or to seek indoor options that don’t exist, according to a report written by a University of Colorado Denver political science professor.

In collaboration with the Denver Homeless Out Loud (DHOL) community group, Associate Professor Tony Robinson, Ph.D., compiled survey results of 512 homeless individuals regarding the Unauthorized Camping Ban. The 80-page report details the background of the ban, survey results and policy recommendations in the wake of one of the nation’s most severe laws against public homelessness. Continue reading

Videos: A Report from the Street

DHOL Presentation to the Denver Commission on Homelessness

Denver Homeless Out Loud presentation to the Denver Commission on Homelessness on April 2, 2013. The presenter is Dr. Tony Robinson, professor of political science at the University of Colorado Denver.

Councilmembers Speak at DHOL Report Release

Councilwoman Susan Shepherd (District 1) and Councilman Paul López (District 3) speak at the Denver Homeless Out Loud report release event on April 3, 2013.

The Homeless Community Speaks at DHOL Report Release

The homeless community speaks at the Denver Homeless Out Loud report release event on April 3, 2013.

On LGBTQ Homeless Youth at DHOL Report Release

Rachel Pater speaks about LGBTQ homeless youth and other marginalized communities at the Denver Homeless Out Loud report release event on April 3, 2013. Pater discusses systems of privilege in politics that leave the most vulnerable behind.

Report from the Streets

HomesImpact of the Unauthorized Camping Ban on Denver’s Homeless Community

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Denver Homeless Out Loud (DHOL) invites the public to the release of a survey on the impact of the City of Denver’s Unauthorized Camping Ban on 500 homeless people living in Denver. The ordinance authorizes the police to require the homeless to go to a shelter or move along whenever they are caught covering themselves from the cold and elements or face criminal sanctions. Continue reading

11/10: Post “Urban Camping” Ban Homeless Surveyor Training

When: Saturday, November 10, 1-3pm
Where:
Deer Pile (13th and Sherman – above City O City)

Denver Homeless Out Loud, a coalition of Denver residents and organizations working hand-in-hand with and for the homeless to challenge their criminalization in our city, is preparing to conduct a survey. The “Urban Camping” Ban Survey will gather field data on how Denver’s recent “Urban Camping” Ban is affecting the lives of homeless individuals in Denver.

The surveying will be kicking off soon and we are looking for people interested and willing to be surveyors! Surveyors need to be willing to dedicate volunteer time to surveying homeless individuals at least in November and potentially into December. Surveyors need to be able to set aside bias concerning personal opinions about the “Urban Camping” Ban in order to conduct objective surveys on the effects of this ban on homeless. Continue reading