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.

I urge all Colorado lawmakers to stop passing and enforcing laws that disproportionately target people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty.

Camping bans, restrictions on sitting and lying down in public, laws that dictate when and where people can peacefully ask for charity, geographic restrictions, and other tools for police to target, harass, and displace people who are homeless waste resources that would be better spent on finding real solutions to poverty.

All human beings deserve dignity and personal liberty, regardless of their social or economic status.


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