Right2Rest

  • Denver Police Cash In on Houseless Encampment Clean-Ups

    February 5, 2020
    Denver, CO – For nearly eight years Denver police officers, public works employees, park rangers, and occasionally inmates have been carrying out and enforcing the Unauthorized Camping Ordinance (camping ban) signed into law by Mayor Michael Hancock during his first term in 2012. When investigating…...
  • Advocates Demand Denver Protect Rights of People Without Homes

    October 21, 2019
    Denver, CO – In the afternoon of October 21, 2019, local advocacy group Denver Homeless Out Loud (DHOL), along with other social justice and human rights groups, held a rally outside City Hall to continue to demand that the city government take action in support…...
  • “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…...
  • 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…...
  • Fourth Push for Homeless Bill of Rights in Colorado Legislature

    March 14, 2018
    UPDATE: After seven hours of testimony including over 100 people testifying in favor of the Homeless Bill of Rights and about five testifying against, the bill was voted down for the fourth year in a row with a vote of 10-3. Denver, CO – For…...
  • 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…...