Denver, Colorado 2021-07-19 19:12:50 –
Denver-A new report on Denver’s homeless sweep reveals that of the thousands moved from tents last year, only eight found permanent homes.
The report came from the advocacy group Denver Homeless Outloud, who reported that 70% of the people who were swept into the city eventually returned to the same place where they were taken away.
The mayor’s office has not yet commented on the report.
On one of the hottest days of summer, Ericka McGrew is already afraid of the cold.
“I’m afraid of winter coming,” McGlue said.
She was one of the thousands of people living in the city of Denver and was often wiped from one corner to the next.
“And they say,’You have to go,'” McGrue said. “And you have to go. You don’t have a chance to get your belongings.”
In fact, the report also suggests that 71% of those removed from the camp do not know how to get their belongings back.
“Of course, that’s a waste of money,” said community activist John Storton.
Staughton is currently conducting all 56 sweep audits in Denver during the first six months of 2021. He estimates the cost of each sweep to be $ 21,000, including overtime and dangerous wages for police and Denver Human Services workers.
“I participated in every sweep,” Staughton said. “Starting from 5am to 5:30 am, I counted all the police cars there, all the DHS workers there, the time they were there. Every 30 minutes – I did the tally and I did that for 6 months. I swept 56 times in a row. “
Denver7 contacted the mayor’s office for comment, and a spokesman said they would return to us.
McGru says the money should be spent on permanent housing.
“I think there’s plenty of room and money somewhere to do that,” McGrew said. “In my situation, having a house made it much easier to recover. Oh yeah, if I had a house to take a shower, I could definitely work.”
Proponents say they invest in housing, not wipe it out.
“There is no point other than profit,” Staughton said.
“My goal is not to be here in another winter,” McGlue said.
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