Stop Criminalization of Homelessness in Colorado
Throughout Colorado, new laws are being added and old ones enforced that essentially make it a crime be homeless or to live in poverty. From restrictions on sitting and lying down in public to laws that dictate when and where someone can peacefully ask for charity to geographic restrictions that banish individuals from certain areas, police use these ordinances as tools to target, harass, and ultimately displace people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty.
These laws cost significant taxpayer dollars to enforce and waste resources on aggressive policing and often jailing of non-violent individuals only because of their social or economic status.
Tell your local lawmakers to stop passing and enforcing laws that disproportionately affect people living in poverty and to instead focus those resources on real solutions that address the root causes of poverty and homelessness.