Month: April 2013

Snooze AM Eatery Statement Against the “Urban Camping” Ban

SnoozeSince we established Snooze in the heart of the 5 points/Arapahoe Square and the Ballpark Neighborhoods, Snooze has worked to support and help Denver’s homeless community. We have embraced this endeavor by hiring and providing employment, sitting on the board of the Denver Homeless Commission, fundraising, creating a mentoring program through Urban Peak, volunteering and spreading awareness to support the homeless. When the Urban Camping Ban proposal was presented to us, we believed the Ban would provide and allow for more services and support in the form of shelters, mental health and general assistance for our area homeless. We believe that the Urban Camping Ban has not provided these opportunities and should be repealed or amended to more effectively meet the needs of our homeless community. As always, our goal at Snooze is to support and assist any endeavor that strives to improve and better the lives of our homeless community. To that end, we believe that the Urban Camping Ban has not met the needs of Denver’s homeless community and we respectively ask the city of Denver as well as the business community at large to work towards repeal or modification of the Urban Camping Ban and work towards an effective solution for Denver’s business and homeless communities.

Respectfully,

Snooze

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Letter from Faith Leaders Opposing the “Urban Camping” Ban

Jesus Was HomelessDear City Council Members, City Leaders and Policy Makers,

As people of faith we believe that all people are created in the image of God and deserve to be treated with dignity, respect and compassion, We believe that “If there is a poor man among you, one of your brothers, in any of the towns of the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand to your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks” (Deuteronomy 15:17)

We support policies and efforts that preserve people’s rights and dignity and oppose those that are detrimental, especially those affecting vulnerable populations. Therefore, we support the recommendations of Denver Homeless Out Loud’s Denver Camping Ban: A Report from the Street. This report of a survey of over 500 homeless individuals, conducted as a response to Denver’s Unauthorized Camping Ordinance criminalizing homeless individuals sleeping on the streets, demonstrates to us that this ordinance is morally reprehensible. (more…)

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. (more…)

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.