LEGAL ACTION FILED FOR HOUSING TO BE OPENED FOR HOUSELESS IN THIS COVID-19 CRISIS

LEGAL ACTION FILED FOR HOUSING TO BE OPENED FOR HOUSELESS IN THIS COVID-19 CRISIS

Writ of Mandamus Filed TODAY — Press Release Below

Denver, CO—Homeless advocacy groups have come together from around the State to address the nightmare confronting thousands of Colorado homeless during this pandemic crisis. A brutal Hobson’s choice, where homeless can either sleep in overcrowded shelters in beds inches from people exhibiting classic symptoms of the disease, or out on the streets where they are often the victims of abuse and violent crime.

The conditions in shelters and state mismanagement of homelessness in the time of pandemic, not only affects Coloradans suffering homelessness, but towns and cities across Colorado as the shelters serve as ideal hotspots for spread and retransmission of the virus. As of press time, at least ten homeless persons in shelters have tested positive for Covid-19. The number is almost certainly much higher as testing has been widely unavailable.

In a rare move, these groups courageously advocating for the invisible, voiceless and most vulnerable in our society are demanding, through this Extraordinary Petition, that the State fulfill its obligations with regard to public health and take steps to immediately mitigate the conditions in the shelters by providing housing to the homeless during this crisis. Cities and states around the country are stepping up to provide housing in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, e.g. Santa Fe, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Connecticut. Colorado must follow and go beyond by protecting every person in this state. 

The Extraordinary Petition was filed this morning.

One comment

  1. Utterly ridiculous and downright delusional sense of entitlement to even file this. I realize bad things happen to good people, but most of these individuals are homeless by a multitude of poor life choices. Most of them have a ‘FTW’ attitude (just look at the trash left behind in any area they decide to set up). Just look at the sidewalks, creek areas, etc. at the trash accumulating wherever they establish their encampments. Look at the street intersections where they “work their signs” and see all the garbage left being left behind by them from the do-gooders that give them anything other than money. Who is going to reimburse these property owners for the cleanup/property damage repair after these individuals leave?

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