Houselessness

  • Denver’s ‘Right to Survive’ Ballot Initiative Voted Down

    May 9, 2019
    Denver, CO – The contentious ballot initiative 300, or Right to Survive, was voted down in Tuesday’s municipal elections with 81% of votes being against the ballot question. The initiative would have effectively repealed the Unauthorized Camping Ordinance (camping ban) passed in 2012, which criminalizes…...
  • “Unhealthy By Design:” CU Denver’s New Report About Camping Ban

    April 13, 2019
    Denver, CO – In less than a month, Denver residents will get to vote on an unprecedented ballot initiative in the United States, which would effectively make it illegal to criminalize people who are without housing. To substantiate I-300, also known as the Right to…...
  • Fort Collins Food Not Bombs Rallies for Rights

    February 17, 2019
    Fort Collins, CO – On February 3, 2019, like on every Sunday, the Fort Collins’ chapter of Food Not Bombs (FNB) cooked up a homemade, nutritious meal for their free meal share at 1pm. However once they arrived at their typical location of Library Park,…...
  • Denver Paid Clean-Up Company $400,000 to Help in Houseless Sweeps

    November 27, 2018
    Denver, CO – For at least two years, the city of Denver has been contracting Custom Environmental Services, Inc. (CES) to assist in clearing out camps of people without housing. Unicorn Riot filed Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) requests and received about 50 invoices sent…...
  • Denver Police, City Workers Throw Away Belongings Amid Lawsuit

    July 16, 2018
    Denver, CO – On July 9 and 12, 2018, Denver Homeless Out Loud (DHOL), an advocacy group for people without housing, published two videos documenting Denver police and city workers seizing people’s belongings and throwing them away; also known as “sweeps.” These ongoing sweeps continue…...
  • Class-Action Against Denver for Criminalizing Houselessness Moves Forward

    May 11, 2018
    Denver, CO – The class-action lawsuit against Denver, which claims that the city has been repeatedly violating the constitutional rights of residents without housing, was officially ordered to move forward by Judge William Martínez on March 26, 2018, when he denied the motions for summary…...
  • Denver’s First Tiny Home Village ‘Beloved Community Village’ Turns Six Months Old

    January 19, 2018
    Denver, CO – On July 21, 2017, after four years of fundraising, community building, and meetings with politicians and city workers to change city codes, sixteen formerly unhoused Denver residents moved into Denver’s first tiny home village called Beloved Community Village. However, the village was…...
  • Denver Park Rangers Take Sleeping Bag, Tent from Houseless Man in 25 Degree Weather

    November 12, 2017
    Denver, CO – On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, despite below freezing temperatures and snowfall, daily sweeps of unhoused Denver residents continued. As usual, Denver police, city workers, and park rangers descended on people keeping warm under blankets and inside their tents and told them to…...
  • Denver Human Rights Activist and Community Organizer, Terese Howard, Faces Up to 30 Days in Jail

    August 24, 2017
    UPDATE (8/24/17 at 11:30 AM MDT): On Thursday morning during the press conference outside the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse in Denver, Terese Howard spoke to a group of supporters and fellow activists about the city’s back-tracking: Because of a lot of the public pressure that has ensued…...
  • Denver Sweeps Unhoused Residents Amid Class Action Lawsuit

    May 20, 2017
    Denver, CO – On Friday, May 19, 2017, people living without housing in downtown Denver were approached by police and given the equivalent of eviction notices. These interactions with the Denver police are not new or surprising for unhoused residents, but these most recent interactions…...