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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Homeless Off The Streets For the Convention

If the chronically homeless don't want to go to a shelter I wonder if they will coerce them into the jail for a short stay until after the convention.

Rocky Mountain News - Denver plans to clear downtown streets of the homeless during the Democratic National Convention here in 2008.

The city will open an emergency shelter normally used during winter deep freezes, and keep other shelters in the city open 24 hours during the August gathering. In addition, an army of outreach workers will fan out across downtown to persuade the homeless to come inside during the convention.

"Shelters will be open the entire time to make certain everyone can go inside and that the outreach folks have a place to take any person from the streets," said Roxane White, Denver's manager of human services.

White said the effort is motivated by security concerns and is not just an effort to spruce up Denver's image at a time when the city will be under a media spotlight.

Rocky Mountain News

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Pretty Ironic--I would think that the party claiming to be the "voice of the underpriviledged and poor" would want the city to be more tolerant of the homeless.

Perhaps they should give them all a ticked to the convention?