“Three months ago, Mayor Michael Hancock announced that, despite his longstanding opposition to letting people live on the streets, he had agreed that Denver should have a city-sanctioned, temporary camp — a place where people experiencing homelessness could find shelter, bathrooms and connections to housing, health care and other services during the pandemic.
Since his June 24 reluctant embrace of sanctioned camping, more people have lost their homes because of the job-destroying impact of the coronavirus. Two locations have been publicly identified as possible sites for what also is known as a safe outdoor space, only to be withdrawn from consideration because of opposition in the community. In a Facebook post, Hancock announced the withdrawal of the second site, a plaza outside the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library in Five Points, days before community forums on the proposal were to have begun. Hancock’s post offered little explanation.”
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Bryson, Donna. Denverite 1 October 2020.