Originally Posted by Riverfrontbrewer
You appear to be assuming that these people WANT beds in facilities? Per the article in the Denver Post on Sunday there appeared to be a number of these homeless that CHOOSE to live on the 16th street mall and refuse/deny any services that are offered to them. How would this be any different from me setting up a tent or just plopping down my stuff on some guys yard in Highlands Ranch? Is it not trespassing in both instances?
I won't even entertain that with a response. Trespassing on public land is simply not the same thing. There is no such thing as trespassing on a public sidewalk. It's sort of like stealing air.
I think you misunderstand me, I'm not opposed to the ordinance. I am opposed to the ordinance before we have the means to actually enforce it.
And I am sure there are plenty of people who do not want to go to a shelter, and by all means, they should be directed to services and required to accept them.
But that doesn't change the fact that there are not enough beds for everyone who needs them. So now the city is in the position of either ignoring its own laws - which is never a good idea, leads to inconsistent enforcement, and therefore, inevitably, lawsuits - or enforcing it and locking folks up when there is no alternative.
That's simply math. If you don't have a home, your options are two: 1. sleep outside, 2. sleep inside. If there's no place willing or able to accept you inside, then you only have option 1, sleep outside.
Which leave the city exactly two options: 1. ignore you, 2. pick you up. And like I said, neither is a good option for the city.