The city of Denver is facing criticism from homeless advocates after the removal of campsites near Coors Field ahead of the Colorado Rockies’ opening day.
“It’s a shame, and they’re not trying to solve the problem,” Grant Francis, with homeless advocacy group Mutual Aid Monday, said. Denver 7 said. “They’re just trying to provide some visuals that make it look like they’re trying to do something.”
the Colorado Rockies The home opener will be played next Thursday, April 6, and the city began sweeps this week at Larimer Street near Coors Field, according to the Denver 7.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, a Democrat, has been criticized for sweepstakes in the past—especially ones that seem to coincide with sporting events. His administration ramped up its scavenging campaigns in 2021, ahead of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Denver Post Previously mentioned.
“It’s any place where there’s an event that generates any kind of income for the city,” said Francis.
A Hancock spokesperson did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
a 2021 Report Estimated The city of Denver spent between $41,679 and $104,201 per homeless person annually. But activists believe the city should increase the availability of housing for those on the streets and provide more services such as transporting rubbish to the camps in the meantime.
“The sweeps must stop,” homeless activist Amy Beck told Denver 7. “We need to provide some basic sanitation facilities for the camps. We need to remove the rubbish, provide toilets and access to clean water.”
Denver homeless crisis It became a major issue in the upcoming municipal elections.
Residents will vote next week to elect a new mayor, with a runoff in June if necessary. candidate Kelly Brough, who led the packed field February surveyShe said she would end the practice of sweeping camps.
“We all know scans don’t work, move a tent across the border, pretend we solved someone’s problem, it just doesn’t work.” Brough told 9News. “We need to house and shelter people.”