Initiated Ordinance 303: Homelessness, Compassion and Safety
Why we support Initiated Ordinance 303
This measure, proposed by Garrett Flicker, chair of the Denver Republican Party, would prevent camping on private property without written permission from owners. It would also allow up to four city-funded designated camping sites on public property, requiring running water, restrooms, and lighting. The measure would allow anyone to file a complaint and require the city to take enforcement action within three days. If the city doesn’t take such action, anyone may sue the city and recover attorney fees.
Denver residents reinstated a camping ban, much like in Austin, Texas. Now Denver residents are being asked to follow another successful Austin homeless initiative–creating designated homeless encampments that are safer, sanitary, easier to police, and less vulnerable to predatory influences like drug dealers. It would instruct a recalcitrant city to make enforcement of the camping ban a priority.