On Wednesday June 17th 2020 the City, using the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE), is planning a sweep and closure of all the encampments along 22nd, Stout, Champa, and Curtis. Roughly 250 people will be displaced with nowhere to go if this area is closed.
We sent a letter to Robert McDonald, the director of the Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) and finally got a reply (see attached ). Yet in his reply he did not agree to meet with encampment residents as they have requested, nor did he answer any of our questions or respond to our suggestions (see our reply also attached). Encampment residents today went on camera demanding Mr McDonald come to meet with them to hear real solutions to the needs of the community at these encampments. Watch videos with residents here https://www.facebook.com/DenverHomelessOutLoud/videos/2569272043335133/ and here https://www.facebook.com/DenverHomelessOutLoud/videos/314785649535243/.
It is long past time we start addressing the real needs of those living without housing in encampments and stop blaming them for our City and society’s problems.
CALL TO ACTION:
Contact the Mayor’s office at 720-865-9000 or via the form at https://www.denvergov.org/
Contact the DDPHE at Bob.McDonald@denvergov.org
Again we must make these demands the City and DDPHE:
>Schedule a meeting with a decision maker in DDPHE to with encampment residents before Wednesday (contact us at DHOL to schedule this street meeting).
>Start meeting the actual health and safety needs of encampment residents by providing trash cans, dumpsters, port-a-potties, handwashing stations, and other sanitation needs.
>Call off the Sweep!! Start investing in HOUSING not SWEEPS.
**Come support the encampment residents and demand Housing Not Sweeps**
Wednesday June 17th 8am-12noon ish
22nd and Stout, Champa, and Curtis
Read more here https://denverhomelessoutloud.org/2020/06/13/city-planning-sweep-and-closure-of-encampment-just-after-covid-testing-found-zero-positive-cases-in-this-encampment/