“Denver’s Department of Housing Stability is seeking proposals from land owners and service providers interested in helping the city stand up temporary sanctioned camping sites for people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 emergency.
For nearly four months, roadblocks and community backlash have stunted city leaders’ efforts to establish city-sanctioned campsites, or “Safe Outdoor Spaces,” after the pandemic pushed Mayor Michael Hancock to endorse them in July.
The sites, to be open and managed 24 hours a day, are designed as alternatives to the city’s traditional shelters, which can act as petri dishes for contagious illnesses, especially COVID-19. The encampments will also welcome couples and pets, both of which aren’t allowed under Denver’s shelter rules, keeping many people on the streets.”
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Alvarez, Alayna. Colorado Politics 29 October 2020.