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Residents of a neighborhood in Denver tried to prevent a local pastor and nonprofit organization from setting up a managed campground for the local homeless.

A handful of Park Hill residents sued Park Hill United Methodist Church, the City of Denver, the senior pastor who led the initiative, and the Colorado Village Collaborative for plans to convert the church parking lot into a local homeless shelter.

Plaintiffs found that the church is located in a residential area near preschool and day care centers that are frequented by children and families, and that the center does not have “adequate security measures to protect children and preschool staff” . The cost of moving a child to another preschool is approximately $ 8,000, according to plaintiffs.

They called the interference in their country “offensive, annoying and inconvenient” and asked the court for an order to prevent the accused from setting up the site.


The lawsuit, dismissed by a judge last week, argues that the proposal for the location does not meet standards set by the city of Denver.

The Colorado Village Collaborative said it has received more than 150 donations since the lawsuit was filed.

The group has said that more than 1,000 Denver residents are projected to sleep outside each night and that a safe neighborhood is not an unsuitable place for community residents to call home.

NBC News reported over the weekend that some local residents are still unsure about the idea.

“When I was shopping in Park Hill, it wasn’t that there was a homeless camp one block from my front door,” Jon Kinning, who lives one block from the church, told the publication. “If I wanted to live in downtown Denver every day and close to homelessness, with people sleeping on my patio or using the bathroom in my garage, I would live downtown.”

A local teenager told NBC she didn’t want to be afraid of walking home past the camp every day.

“I don’t want to go into my house every night in the summer and be afraid for my life, and not only for my life, but also for my well-being,” she said. “I don’t want to be sexually harassed every day.”

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In response, the Colorado Village Collaborative FOX Business issued a statement saying it had successfully operated a secure outdoor space in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver for the past six months, resulting in seven long-term home placements and a 0% COVID-19 Positivity rate.

“While we understand that some Park Hill residents do not support the expansion of these successful services to their neighborhoods, we know that many Park Hill neighborhood residents are happy to welcome their new neighbors and have shown this through their vocal support, monetary donations and volunteering, “a group spokesman said in a statement. “Our nation is facing a housing and homeless crisis unprecedented in recent history. Not only will this project succeed in providing emergency services to some of our most vulnerable community members, but it will already succeed in undermining forms of oppression who caused this crisis in the first place. “

The aim of the organization, according to its website, is to help close the gap between streets and stable housing. It is estimated that more than 5,000 people are homeless in the city of Denver.

Across the country, there were approximately 567,715 people who were homeless on a given night in January 2019, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness.