Keep Westword Free

Reader: City of Denver, I Call Foul on the Storage System for Homeless Possessions

The possessions collected in the homeless sweeps occurring around Denver are currently locked up in a building at 1211 Glenarm Street. Chris Walker recently visited the place, and found that only one person has retrieved possessions so far — but there are reasons for that, as readers were quick to point out. Says Tarasa: 

The reason they aren't picking it up is because they aren't allowed to pick the stuff up unless they have somewhere to take it.. Plus the place is only open from 12 to 2 and that is the exact hours of lunch line up. If they want to eat that day they can not leave the line.

Adds Lydia: 

Since the city gave plenty of "fair" warning, okay, fair enough. One would think that the educated policy makers behind this antihuman movement would have taken the time to devise a goodwill/dignified manner in which to collect people's possessions. The need to itemize a list is bullshit. The fact that they have identification items of individuals shows malice on the makers' side. It's a very negative motion made by the city. Bagging and tagging so one can claim their shit is simple as can be. City of Denver, I call foul. 

Concludes Aaron:  

Man, it's like someone forgot these are people are something.

What do you think of how the sweeps were handled? The storage situation?

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.