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Frequently asked questions
What is Initiative 300?
This is a citizen-initiated proposal to change the Denver Revised Municipal Code. If approved it would:
What could be the impacts of 300 passing?
Who is behind Initiative 300?
A small group called Denver Homeless Out Loud initiated this proposal. Although it qualified for the ballot in October, at this time the measure has not been endorsed or publicly supported by any of Denver’s elected officials or leading civic groups.
Why is 300 being proposed?
Proponents are rightly concerned about the access to affordable housing in Denver and the well being of our neighbors experiencing homelessness. The City of Denver and community partners are taking meaningful steps to create more affordable housing and provide effective outreach and support services to people experiencing homelessness (see more detail on page 2). More could and should be done to ensure Denver is a safe, supportive place for everyone – absolutely. But Initiative 300 is not a solution to Denver’s housing or homelessness challenges. Allowing people to sleep outside in public places is not safe, healthy or helpful for the people experiencing homelessness or our community. In fact, based on the way this proposal is written, Initiative 300 may make it harder to provide homeless residents with resources and services. Denver should be a place where all people can thrive, not just survive.
When will Denver voters consider it?
It is on the May 2019 ballot.
What parts of Denver will be impacted?
If passed, this would apply to all of Denver’s public outdoor spaces. People could sleep, camp and/or eat in or around:
How much will this cost the City of Denver?
The exact number is unkown. But, based on experiences of other communities we expect Denver would need to spend money to:
What is Denver doing today to support people experiencing homelessness and expand access to affordable housing?
The City of Denver invests nearly $50 million every year in resources that provide direct and indirect services to those experiencing homelessness. The City has more than a dozen programs and initiatives to address both the causes and effects of homelessness. They include:
Are there other cities that have passed similar ordinances to allow people to sleep and eat in outdoor public spaces? If so, what has their experience been?
We don’t know of any cities that have pro-actively passed a policy like the one being proposed in Denver. However, through a series of rulings and legal settlements the City of Los Angeles has been unable to enforce laws that would allow for city officials to move homeless residents off of sidewalks and other public spaces. As a result, over the last 11 years, encampments have popped up in all parts of LA, including a massive settlement in a part of the city known as “Skid Row,” which is home to anywhere from 2,000 to 8,000 homeless people. Drug use, violence, prostitution and arson are common in the area. The human waste, discarded food and trash associated with the encampment has attracted rats and fleas and created a public health crisis, including a typhus outbreak that reached “epidemic” levels in parts of the county in the fall of 2018.