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Denver sweeps out homeless camp in Lincoln Park without providing shelter

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Denver sweeps out homeless camp in Lincoln Park without providing shelter

City crews began closing a homeless encampment in Denver’s western Lincoln Park neighborhood Tuesday morning due to public safety concerns, including three overdose deaths and more than two dozen misdemeanor arrests, according to city officials.

Cleanup efforts at the encampment at the intersection of West Eighth Avenue and Navajo Street are expected to last at least until Wednesday.

It’s the first time in about six months that Mayor Mike Johnston’s administration has authorized the closure of a homeless encampment without rooms in converted hotel shelters or tiny homes in micro-communities available for people living in the encampment, Cole Chandler said , the mayor’s main homeless shelter. counselor.

The city’s 138 people in the camp have been advised to seek open beds in the city’s traditional homeless shelters, according to Chandler. Apart from that, they are faced with finding new places to sleep outside.

‘It is not a pleasant thing that we have to close an encampment in this way. We know the best way to address encampments is to move people indoors into permanent and temporary housing,” Chandler said Tuesday. “This camp at Eighth and Navajo is just too big. We don’t have enough available rooms in the All In Mile High system to solve it in-house.”

All In Mile High, formerly known as the House 1,000 initiative, is Johnston’s signature program that he announced on his second day in office in July. As of Tuesday, the program has taken 1,473 people off the streets and into shelters or housing, according to an online dashboard, with the goal of housing 2,000 people by the end of this year. The government has largely relied on a network of five converted hotels to accommodate these people.