Fort Collins Homeless Coalition

FCHC Project: Decriminalization of Homelessness and the Right to Rest

No human being can live without sleep. When someone is turned away from a shelter, they still must find a way to sleep to survive. Laws that criminalize sleeping outdoors or in vehicles are designed to reduce the visibility of the homeless, while doing nothing to decrease the number of people experiencing homelessness or improving their situation. In fact, laws such as this increase the burdens of being homeless, creating additional hardships and leading to a vicious cycle of citations, arrests,

[archives] FCHC asks City to stop ticketing people for sleeping, resting, and camping

[FCHC press release from March 30, 2015]

As Shelter Space Closes, Fort Collins Homeless Coalition Asks City to Stop Ticketing for Sleeping, Resting, and Camping
Fort Collins, CO
March 30, 2015

"Standing outside in sub-zero temperatures, part of a long line of men and women doing the same, I heard the words I never wanted to hear: "Come back at 10:30, see if we can try again."" - Stuart Hill, currently experiencing homelessness in Fort Collins

Stifling Compassion in Fort Collins: Municipal ordinance 17-182 prohibits sleeping on private property even with permission of the property owner

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FCHC Project: Homeless Bill of Rights

The National Law Center on Poverty and Homelessness estimates that 3.5 million Americans experience homelessness each year, including over 1 million school-aged children (1). This staggering number is the product of our ongoing national housing crisis, stagnant wages and growing income inequality, and the shrinking of the social safety net. As this number continues to grow and more people find themselves mired in poverty, the visibility of homelessness and poverty is rising. In response to the increased visibility of poverty and

FCHC Project: Anti-Panhandling Ordinance

Panhandling is protected speech under the First Amendment. Nevertheless, many cities have attempted to ban or restrict panhandling as part of widespread efforts to criminalize homelessness. Until recently, the City of Fort Collins had an unusually restrictive anti-panhandling ordinance. The ACLU of Colorado filed a lawsuit against this unconstitutional ordinance and the equally unconstitutional manner in which it was being enforced, and the City responded by amending the ordinance and agreeing to change their enforcement practices. Unfortunately, the

FCHC Project: Lockers

Storage is necessary for people who are experiencing homelessness. Carrying around the entirety of one's possessions is a burdensome task, and can create serious obstacles to finding housing, income, and equal treatment. Storage gives people peace of mind and increased safety, as well as increased opportunities. The majority of people who are homeless are also employed, and cannot bring everything they own to work without risking their employment status. People who are going to job interviews or trying to secure housing are


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