Homeless “camping ban” quickly becoming one of Denver’s most expensive political fights
“It’s an idea that worries some business and civic leaders, with the opposition raising nearly $600,000 to keep the camping ban in place. Major nonprofits and charities also oppose the measure, though they’re frustrated by the tenor of the campaign. Meanwhile, it has galvanized a homeless rights movement and divided politicians. Voters will decide on the measure this May.”-Andrew Kenney
Being a product of homelessness myself I understand the despair a person feels. Without the support of friends and family, how many of us could survive something such as the loss of a spouse, a debilitating physical illness, or the loss of employment? Many of the people living on the streets today were struck by a personal tragedy and lacked a support system to get help when they needed it.
But you can help right now. By giving of your time, money, services or skills, you can make the difference in the life of a homeless person. Here’s how:
- Educate yourself
- Show respect
- Volunteer your time
- Reach out
- Share job opportunities
- Inherit a friend
- Be an advocate
There is a lot to being homeless. Some days are easy, but most days are difficult! Sometimes not knowing where your meal will come from for the day or if you will eat at all. People continuously looking at you like you’re a plague passing you on the corner afraid to make eye contact in fear of conversation. When night falls and your body grows weary from moving about all day with no food, finding a place to camp comes top priority.
The Urban Camping Ban essentially criminalizes homelessness! Who are the real criminals? People searching for a place to sleep or greedy developers and politicians driving up the cost to live while building on top of humans with no place to go that just want the Right to Survive!