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A Portrait of Denver's Homeless

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Paula Bard
Living on Denver's streets.
In the fall of 2015, Denver sent the full force of its police department and SWAT team to destroy five tiny homes that people living without homes had built north of downtown, just ahead of Colorado’s winter.

Something in me snapped: Denver, what a bully!

Denver has over 6,000 people without homes,and over 3,000 trying to survive on its streets. It is an ugly business. In 2012, Denver passed an urban-camping ban making it illegal for the homeless to protect themselves with “any form of cover or protection from the elements other than clothing.” Violations can bring a $999 fine or a year in jail. 

I began walking those streets where the homeless are trying to survive, photographing the faces of those my city has abandoned. This is their portrait. -Paula Bard