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A camping ban aimed at moving Denver's homeless population and Occupy protesters off the streets and into shelters is harming, not helping the homeless. Many say the ban's promised aid for homeless hasn't arrived.
DENVER, CO (Catholic Online) - The ban, which was approved last May, banned unauthorized camping on both public and private land in exchange for additional mental health and shelter services for the homeless. However, advocates for the homeless say the promised aid hasn't been delivered.
The law was also targeted against occupy protesters who did not reappear this year.
Last week, when temperatures dramatically fell, over 350 homeless were sheltered in the Martin Luther King Recreation Center.
Advocates say the planning is in place, but the finding hasn't been delivered. They worry that with temperatures falling and the homeless fearing arrest, many will simply hide deeper in the shadows, farther from critical services.
Police say they have not arrested anyone yet in accord with the ban, but they have contacted at least 386 individual violators.
The law is clearly too late to clean up the Occupy movement and too short to help the homeless.
The city says the money is budgeted, in the amount of $1 million -- for next year.
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