Month: April 2019

UNHEALTHY BY DESIGN: Public Health Consequences of Denver’s Criminalization of Homelessness

UNHEALTHY BY DESIGN: Public Health Consequences of Denver’s Criminalization of Homelessness

Written by Tony Robinson (Ph.D.) and Marisa Westbrook (MPH) of University of Colorado Denver

Survey Design and Data Collection In Collaboration with Denver Homeless Out Loud

Ever wonder what are the physical, mental, emotional, and safety effects are on people living without housing under the “camping ban?”

This study examines the public health consequences of criminalizing homelessness in Denver. The study reports on a poll of 484 homeless individuals in Denver, regarding their experiences with “quality of life” policing, and how those policing practices are affecting their personal health and quality of life.

Read the full report here

Read the one page summary here

Watch livesteam of the report release presentation here below.

A Few Findings Below:

Respondents who are frequently woken by police typically sleep only in short bursts: 49% report 2 hours or less of uninterrupted sleep) and achieve less than four hours of sleep a night (37% of all respondents).

87% of respondents seek different sleeping locations to avoid police contact; 50% of respondents have sought more hidden and isolated locations.

Both male and female respondents who have found more hidden sleeping location report increased rates of robbery, physical violence and sexual assault.

Women who have found more hidden sleeping locations report a 50% higher rate of robbery, a 60% higher rate of sexual assault, and more than 3 times the rate of physical assault.

 

Report Release for…UNHEALTHY BY DESIGN: Public Health Consequences of Denver’s Criminalization of Homelessness

Report Release for…

UNHEALTHY BY DESIGN: Public Health Consequences of Denver’s Criminalization of Homelessness

Written by Tony Robinson (Ph.D.) and Marisa Westbrook (MPH) of University of Colorado Denver

Survey Design and Data Collection In Collaboration with Denver Homeless Out Loud

 

Saturday April 13th 3-4:30pm

Denver Homeless Out Loud office 2260 California St Denver CO 80205 (Purple Building on California and Park Ave)

 

Come to the report release!

  • Listen to presentation of the survey findings

  • Pick up a copy of the report

  • Eat food

 

Ever wonder what are the physical, mental, emotional, and safety effects are on people living without housing under the “camping ban?”

 

This study examines the public health consequences of criminalizing homelessness in Denver. The study reports on a poll of 484 homeless individuals in Denver, regarding their experiences with “quality of life” policing, and how those policing practices are affecting their personal health and quality of life.

 

Come join us on Saturday April 13th as we present these findings, feast on delicious food, and receive a copy of the report. This report comes out two days before ballots drop where the people of Denver will be voting on the Right to Survive initiative 300 to over turn the camping ban and end criminalization of homelessness.

Jerr-E-ville Under Threat of Sweep Wednesday April 10th

Jerr-E-ville Under Threat of Sweep Wednesday April 10th 2019

Denver, CO — Wednesday April 10th, twenty people living without housing in tents at Jerry-E-ville – a survival camp of homeless people at 27th and Arapahoe, are facing being swept “away” for violating the camping (aka survival) ban. On April 3rd fifteen police descended on Jerr-E-ville to warn them of the sweep. Residents have, nonetheless, remained at this spot with no where else to go.

Currently there are twenty homeless individuals living at Jerry-E-ville. Many of the folks living there are couples who would be separated if they stayed in a shelter. About half of those residing there are employed and at work all day. Many of the residents are elderly and have disabilities. Three vets currently live there.

Watch these raw interviews with seven of the residents speaking of their impossible search housing housing and their impossible question “move along to where?”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UmvNgGlunk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZRHLauEpXA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYwHYn6eKM0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP5d8OgkcF0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHlGne2P1VM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2J4QI_5Fe6M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ffz7pT-IG4

 

The place this survival camp is on is public land in front of a vacant plot that used to be low income housing owned by DHA.  They drop their tents down in the day. The camp is spotlessly clean.

If swept, that would be twenty people without housing pushed to go break the law somewhere else… or go to jail…to than get out again with nowhere to go…

Jerry Burton, “mayor” of Jerr-E-ville, invites the community and press to come out Tuesday night (April 9th) and Wednesday morning (April 10th) to support those being criminalized for their survival and to document this police attempt to make human beings disappear. Candidates for mayor and council are encouraged to come. Water, coffee and snacks are appreciated. Note: this is a survival camp (not a protest camp) so please respect the leadership and needs of the residents.

This comes one month before voters will decide if using protection from the elements when you are homeless surviving in public should be a crime.