Denver City Council to vote on outdoor camping ban

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Outdoor camping in downtown Denver

Urban camp sites like these were banned in Denver after a 2012 ordinance was signed into law by Mayor Michael Hancock.

DENVER — The Denver City Council prepares to take a final vote Monday night on a plan that would ban unauthorized outdoor camping in the ciy.

The new law is designed to deal with larger numbers of homeless people staying in downtown Denver.

Advocates for the homeless think it will hit homeless families the hardest. They say it further criminalizes homelessness.

“There’s just not nearly enough shelters,” says Evan Howard, an Occupy Denver protestor who showed up at a protest of the outdoor camping ban ordinance Saturday night.

Supporters of the new law say it will give police tools to find people in need and help them get in touch with agencies than can help them get off the streets.

Protesters from Occupy Denver and other groups plan to rally at noon outside the City and County Building leading up to the the City Council meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m.

The Council was expected to pass the outdoor camping ban. It that happens, it would go into effect May 30.

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