The camp in the Clayton neighborhood opened in December 2021, and it may be allowed to operate until December 2023.
Judge Alex Myers rejected a lawsuit filed by Park Hill residents and ruled that a city bureaucrat and board did not abuse their power by allowing the camps.
It would be the eighth sanctioned location since the first temporary camp opened in late 2020, and the second on city property.
“Right now, some days it feels like we’re running a moving company,” said Cole Chandler, founder and executive director of Colorado Village Collaborative.
The proposed contract calls for Colorado Village Collaborative to operate at least four campsites in Denver serving up to 310 households, or about 370 people.
“It is about safety in terms of no public drug use and reducing crime, and also moving people from the illegal encampments into shelter and drug treatment,” said an organizer.
Colorado Village Collaborative’s budget grew from $250,000 in 2017 to $2.5 million in 2020. The nonprofit’s 2022 budget is expected to be $5.3 million and the nonprofit wants to become even more active someday in building more housing.
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“My sense is that our community’s eyes don’t deceive us, and everyone has the sense that unsheltered homelessness numbers will increase,” said a city official.
“We don’t have any visibility into the real operations and what kind of problems that they have in these places,” said Michael Kennedy, citing safety as a reason to close it.