Denver’s Next Sanctioned Campsite for People Experiencing Homelessness Will Be Held at Park Hill United Methodist Church

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Park Hills United Methodist Church says that they will put the next homeless camp starting June 1 and ending at the end of December. They plan to have around 45 tents set up in the parking lot behind the church. Some say that this will not be a safe environment established in the middle of Park Hill. But they say it will be a safe environment as someone will always have someone watching the entrance and exit, as there is only one entrance and exit. “For us, this is a leap of faith,” Adams said. The collaborative has been in touch with local neighborhood groups, including Greater Park Hill Community. According to Chandler, it will hold two community meetings in May to provide more information about the site. The collaborative is also encouraging people to take a tour of their current location on Pearl Street to learn more about how they function. As newer updates come in, they say they might move to a different area as they are getting multiple complaints from the neighbors and community. Regis College near Highlands said they could go there as it won’t worry if it doesn’t work.