Fort Collins Homeless Coalition

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

City Manager's Office Halts Camping Ban Reform in Fort Collins

From the beginning, the Fort Collins Homeless Coalition has fought against the Fort Collins camping ban. Coalition members have always stood up against the ban: sharing their stories; fighting their tickets; speaking out against the ban in City Council meetings; meeting with representatives from the city, police department, agencies, even the state legislature to argue against camping bans; proposing alternatives and sharing data; doing education and outreach; and most challenging of all, simply trying to exist as homeless people in Fort Collins.

FCHC is Fundraising!

The Fort Collins Homeless Coalition is raising funds to help us serve dinners. You can help by clicking "Donate" (or click the "Donate!" button on the left-hand side of the page) and following the instructions. Please specify that your donation is intended for FCHC, so that it can be applied correctly!

FCHC operates on a very small budget, so even a small donation makes a HUGE difference.

FCHC Helps Keep Sit-Lie Ban Out of Fort Collins

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - Last night, City Council decided not to pursue a sit-lie ban ordinance for the downtown area. This victory comes after weeks of hard work by FCHC members and other allies and advocates throughout the community, and deserves to be celebrated. The Coloradoan wrote: "Council members Tuesday voiced concerns that the ordinance would cause negative public perception, negatively affect vulnerable members of the community and cause

US Department of Justice Issues Statement in Support of Right to Rest

The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice issued a statement of interest on August 6, 2015, arguing that "making it a crime for people who are homeless to sleep in public places, when there is insufficient shelter space in a city, unconstitutionally punishes them for being homeless." The DOJ press release about this statement can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-files-brief-address-cri...

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