Month: December 2018

Follow up Letter to Mayor Hancock

Mayor Hancock and City Council,

On November 21st, we, the undersigned organizations, sent you, Mayor Hancock, a letter demanding immediate action be taken to protect the rights, dignity, and survival of people without housing in Denver by stopping the sweeps, stopping taking people’s blankets and property, and providing land and legal variance for tent dwelling for people without homes. Weeks later we have received no reply from the Mayor’s office whatsoever. We sent this letter seeking immediate action from the Mayor on these steps, not to send a call into a void. People’s lives are at risk and the lack of response indicates the Mayor’s office is not taking this seriously.

In order to move forward the immediate steps called for, we are providing further clarity on the exact laws and processes tied to these action steps.

 

  • Stop the sweeps – Cease enforcement of the Unauthorized Camping Ban ordinance 38.86.2 (i.e. Survival Ban)

 

  • Stop taking people’s blankets and property – Comply with the US Constitution in resolution of the active Class Action Lawsuit Lyall vs City of Denver. “

 

  • Provide land and legal variance for tent dwelling for people without homes – Adopt and modify one of the countless models for designated and non-designated tent and vehicle dwelling around the country. See Seattle’s Transitional Encampment zoning law (attached) which creates legal code for tent and vehicle dwelling. And see Indianapolis’ Encampment response policy (attached) which requires encampment residents be given an open and attainable housing option before individuals can be swept. (These codes and policies can be immediately implemented by the Mayor under a “state of emergency” as similarly done in other US cities).

 

The past 5 weeks of police sweeps across the city of Denver, directed by you Mayor Hancock, can be stopped just as easily as they were started.

Until there is actual attainable low-income housing enough to meet the need of the thousands of people, with numbers growing each day, who can’t afford Denver’s rents, people will be living on the streets of Denver. Shelters are not an option for hundreds of people. The city must hear the cry of people without housing, let people cover themselves from the winter weather, and be seen.

 

Sincerely,

 

Denver Homeless Out Loud

Interfaith Alliance of Colorado

Colorado Cross Disability Coalition

9to5 Colorado

Buck Foundation

Atlantis Community

ADAPT

Project Voyce

Colorado Stands

Coloradans for Progressive Action

Colorado Village Collaborative

Shiva Mandir Humanitarian Outreach

After Hours Denver

ACLU of Colorado

Birdy

Denver Relief and Denver Relief Consulting

KSTKL Investments

Sexpot Comedy

Sexy Pizza

Beloved Community Mennonite Church

Wheeler Consulting

Severe Weather Shelter Network

Food Not Bombs Denver

 

How Can I Help with the “March for Homes, Rights, and Dignity”?

How Can I Help with the “March for Homes, Rights, and Dignity”?

When: Saturday December 15 th 10am

Where: Across from the Triangle at Lawrence and Park Ave – to End at City Hall

Thanks for being down to help make this March the strongest call of the people for basic human
rights and needs! Here are some ways you could help:

● Flyer on the streets! Make copies of the flyer or contact us to get copies of the flyer to
pass out if you don’t have copying capacity. Pass out the flyers on the streets to folks
who are homeless or anyone who might join us! Bring copies to service centers,
businesses, or anywhere you can post on a bulletin board. Tape them up to post around
the city.
● Share, like, and comment on facebook! Spread the word on social media telling people
to come and why you will be there to stand up for our survival.
● Make a video saying why you will be there and what this means to you! Share that on
social media and email. Send it to us to share too!
● Make a model house or tiny home that you can carry in the march.
● Bring a tent or blanket that you can carry in the march. If you have the resources, buy
one you can give out to someone in need at the end of the march.
● Bring water bottles or snacks for people on the march.
● Bring food to City Hall at the end of the march.
● Bring your body, your voice, and your energy to stand up for housing for all and the right
to survive!
Contact Denver Homeless Out Loud with any questions, comments, concerns, or to notify us in
what ways you can help!
Email – info@denverhomelessoutloud.org
Phone – 720-940-5291 or 415-517-5603

March for Homes, Rights, and Dignity

 

March for Homes, Rights, and Dignity

We want housing. Or a tiny home would at least be nice. Or even just a tent for now. At the very least let me use my blanket.

When: Saturday December 15th 10am

Where: Across from the Triangle at Lawrence and Park Ave – to End at City Hall

Two weeks after the community sent a letter to the Mayor and held an action at City Hall demanding an end to the insane sweeps, there has not even been a reply from the Mayor. Sweeps are still rampant across the city, under the direction of Mayor Hancock. Police, and now police cameras, are stationed at the Triangle and other areas people gather to survive – waking people up and moving them along the minute they lay down to sleep. Many people have been pushed from place to place around the city every day. People are losing opportunities for housing due to case managers being unable to find folks scattered in the sweeps. People are freezing with no protection from the cold. Lives are at risk.

This insanity and inhumanity must end.

The community will again join in action on Saturday December 15th 2018 unless our demands are met. We will march from the Triangle, where countless people have lived without housing for years until the City sweeps everyone out, to City Hall to bring the cry of the people to the Mayor. We will carry models of housing, tiny homes, tents, and blankets to represent the housing we want most and basic protection we are asking we at least be given now in our immediate emergency need for survival and dignity.

Here are our demands with further detail on how the Mayor can immediately take these steps:

  • Stop the sweeps – Cease enforcement of the Unauthorized Camping Ban ordinance 38.86.2 (i.e. Survival Ban)
  • Stop taking people’s blankets and property – Comply with the US Constitution in resolution of the active Class Action Lawsuit Lyall vs City of Denver. “
  • Provide land and legal variance for tent dwelling for people without homes – Adopt and modify one of the countless models for designated and non-designated tent and vehicle dwelling around the country. See Seattle’s Transitional Encampment zoning law which creates legal code for tent and vehicle dwelling. And see Indianapolis’ Encampment response policy which requires encampment residents be given an open and attainable housing option before individuals can be swept. (These codes and policies can be immediately implemented by the Mayor under a “state of emergency” as similarly done in other US cities).

Join us Saturday December 15th 10am at Lawrence and Park Ave. March for homes, rights, and dignity.