Fort Collins Homeless Coalition

FCHC Mission Statement

The Fort Collins Homeless Coalition (FCHC) works with and for people who experience homelessness, to address the issues that arise from the experience of homelessness. We work to protect and advocate for dignity, rights, and choices for people experiencing homelessness. We create space for solutions and we effect change in our community. We fight the criminalization of poverty and homelessness. We commit our efforts toward goals affirmed and raised by people who are homeless. We strive to add our strengths together to create ways of living in which everyone has a place they can call home.

write to City Council about the sit-lie ban

The Fort Collins City Council is considering an absurd proposal to make it a crime, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $2650 fine, to sit, lie, or kneel in large portions of downtown. The proposal also calls for criminalizing having more "attended property" than a person can carry, like a cart filled with personal belongings, or heavy luggage.

Writing to City Council is an essential way for them to hear your opinions about the proposed sit/lie ordinance. It can also generate some confusing responses, which is why we put this quick guide together.

How to write:

Updated Sit-Lie Talking Points

Fort Collins City Council is considering making it a crime to sit or lie down on downtown sidewalks, or have "too many" personal belongings.

The Fort Collins City Council is considering an absurd proposal to make it a crime, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $2650 fine, to sit, lie, or kneel in large portions of downtown. The proposal also calls for criminalizing having more "attended property" than a person can carry, like a cart filled with personal belongings, or heavy luggage.

City Re-Writes Sit-Lie Ban, but Huge Problems Remain

Following enormous public resistance to the proposed sit-lie ban, City Council directed staff to change two of the most absurd provisions before the ordinance is voted on on March 7th. However, the amended ordinance still includes provisions that directly target unhoused people. Our community should not be passing laws that we know will be enforced unfairly!

Understanding the Sit-lie Ordinance

Sit-Lie Ban Returns to Fort Collins: Rise Up, Fight Back!

City Council is trying to push through two Homeless Criminalization Ordinances. They will include a sit/lie ban, limiting the time that someone can sit on a bench as well as reserving jail beds for people who are "repeat municipal code violators."

We need to stop this thing!

Important dates:

Tuesday, Feb 21st 6pm Regular city council meeting--come and speak against sit/lie

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