Month: April 2016

Who are you building for? End the Sweeps at Union Station Saturday 4/23!

Who are you building for?

Join Denver Homeless Out Loud at Union Station (on Wynkoop in front) Saturday April 23rd 12:30pm to demand the Mayor End the Sweeps! Then join together with social justice organizations all standing together for a Denver built for all!


On April 23rd, RTD and the City of Denver will be celebrating the opening of A-Line commuter rail traveling from Union Station to DIA

This opening symbolizes the growing divide between the people of Denver, and the development happening in our City. RTD recently increased the costs of their fares and passes in a move that primarily impacts transit dependent riders. While tourists can take the A Line from DIA to stay in 5 Star Hotels, some DIA workers will have to pay a shocking $18 a day in transit fares. This is happening as Denver Metro area housing costs are some of the fastest rising in the nation. Meanwhile, the City of Denver has criminalized homelessness and is doing aggressive “sweeps” pushing people without homes far from their communities, resources, and belongings.

 

On this day, we ask Denver and RTD, “WHO ARE YOU BUILDING FOR?” We demand that our communities be seen and valued, not simply viewed as potential sites for future condos.

 

Actions will culminate at a gathering at Union Station.

 

End the Sweeps! Tiny Homes for the people!

Since March 8th Denver police have been actively enforcing the camping ban with sweeps to move “away” homeless people trying to survive in public spaces. These sweeps are taking place under the direction of Mayor Michael Hancock. We at Denver Homeless Out Loud have repeatedly requested to meet with the Mayor to address these harmful sweeps, but he continues to refuse to meet and hear from homeless people directly affected by the sweeps. We are demanding the Mayor call for an Immediate End to the Sweeps and the Confiscation of People’s Belongings.

Furthermore as a city we must…

  • Repeal the Camping Ban and Pass a Right to Survive

  • Instead of spending city money criminalizing homelessness allocate public funds for homes and underutilized public spaces for alternative housing models

 

In 2014 Denver spent at least three-quarters of a million dollars ($750,000.00) policing, adjudicating, and incarcerating homeless people for five of the Denver laws against necessary life-sustaining acts in public space. For that amount of money we could build 150 tiny homes at the going cost of $5000 per home for people currently without homes.

 

*** DETAILS: (Coordinated by 9to5)

DIA Station: 11:00 -1:00 Denver Area Labor Federation (DALF) & FRESC. Eco-passes for all Workers

 

40th and Airport Station: 10:00-12:00 Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA). Stop Fracking

 

Peoria Station: 10:00-1:30 Montbello Organizing Committee. Save our Park-n-Ride & Bus Routes

 

38th and Blake Station: 12:00-1:30 People Rising Against Poverty (P-RAP), Make Housing Affordable, especially for people in the lowest incomes. Folks are meeting at St. Charles rec center at 3777 Lafayette for this station.

 

Union Station: 12:30-1:30 Denver Homeless Out Loud (DHOL) Overturn the Campaign Ban and Stop the Sweeps!

Everyone will culminate at Union Station at 1:30 for the March of Resilience

 

Coordinated by 9to5 Colorado

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DENVER HOMELESS NEED A HOME BASE: Join us at the Rockies Game

DENVER HOMELESS NEED A HOME BASE

Join us in public demonstration to demand the Mayor end the sweeps!
Friday 4/8/2016 12:30pm
Rockies Stadium (20th and Blake) 
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Since March 8th, one month ago, Denver police have been actively enforcing the camping ban with sweeps to move “away” homeless people trying to survive in public spaces. These sweeps are taking place under the direction of Mayor Michael Hancock.

We at Denver Homeless Out Loud have repeatedly requested to meet with the Mayor to address these harmful sweeps, but he continues to refuse to meet and hear from homeless people directly affected by the sweeps.

We are demonstrating at the opening game of the Rockies session to raise awareness and push forward our demand to the Mayor that he meet with us and ultimately that he end the sweeps. We are sure the Rockies and fans will agree that Denver homeless people need a home base, too.

The sweeps are detrimental to the welfare of the community — causing sleep deprivation leading to long term chronic illnesses, loss of life-sustaining belongings, costing lives lost due to hypothermia, being pushed to far off, unsafe locations, and the overall criminalization of necessary survival in public space. Moving visible homeless people “away” — out of sight, out of mind — does not solve the crisis of homelessness in Denver.

There are real ways to address the crisis of mass homelessness in Denver and taking people’s blankets and telling them to move along is not one of them. Denver housing costs are at an all time high leaving more and more people on the streets. City of Denver officials themselves have stated Denver has a shortage of 40,000 affordable housing units. A household must earn an hourly wage of $17.61 to make the Fair Market Rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Colorado affordable. We must take serious measures to address this housing crisis and make housing actually affordable for low income people. Meanwhile, as we work to this end, we must allow those who have been forced out of homes and onto the streets to survive and to protect themselves from the elements in public spaces.

We are demanding the Mayor call for an Immediate End to the Sweeps and the Confiscation of People’s Belongings.

Furthermore as a city we must…

  • Repeal the Camping Ban and Pass a Right to Survive

  • Instead of spending city money criminalizing homelessness allocate public funds for homes and underutilized public spaces for alternative housing models

In 2014 Denver spent at least three-quarters of a million dollars ($750,000.00) policing, adjudicating, and incarcerating homeless people for five of the Denver laws against necessary life-sustaining acts in public space. For that amount of money we could build 150 tiny homes at the going cost of $5000 per home for people currently without homes.

Please call Mayor Hancock and demand he end the sweeps, let people rest, and spend your taxpayer dollars on homes not policing and jails.

Call 720-865-9090

Denverhomelessoutloud.org

@HomelessOutLoud

#EndtheSweeps

#HomesNotSweeps

#Right2Rest

 

contact:

info@denverhomelessoutloud.org

denverhomelessoutloud.org

720-940-5291

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Video of City Unable to Return Thomas His Property After the Sweeps

Please watch this video of the City unable to return Thomas his property after the sweeps.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zpVAolnHCk&feature=youtu.be

The notices from the City of Denver concerning the sweeps beginning March 8th state the following:

“Encumbrances that remain in the public right of way will be transported to 1221 Glenarm Place and will be available for retrieval at the location Monday through Friday from 12:00pm to 2pm.”

People staying outside in areas where police and public works confiscated property were promised their property would be taken to storage where they could get these belongings back. However in reality there is no sufficient process for returning people’s belongings. Individuals were supposed to receive receipts for their belongings, but most people did not receive a receipt. As is shown by Thomas’s experience trying to get his belongings back, there is no functional system for returning people’s property. Those without receipts who make it to this “storage” location during their minimal open hours in an effort to get needed belongings back walk away empty handed.

The city of Denver took Thomas’s sleeping bag, blankets, tent, cart, pictures of his kids, government paperwork, and other life-sustaining and irreplaceable items and cannot give them back.

Sweeping the streets to take homeless people’s property and telling people who are covering themselves from the elements to “move along” is a violation of basic human rights. This practice is leaving people outside without protection or cover. Sweeps do not end homelessness–they make it even harder for people experiencing homelessness to survive. These attempts to hide homeless people and push them out of city limits is discriminatory, oppressive, and inhumane. The city of Denver would rather have homeless people disappear than try to help them.

This is the first of many videos we will be sharing in the coming days with people directly affected by the sweeps.

#EndtheSweeps

#Right2Rest

#HomesNotSweeps

Contact:

info@denverhomelessoutloud

720-940-5291

denverhomelessoutloud.org

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