Park Hill residents cautious of secure out of doors house for the homeless throughout public gathering – CBS Denver
DENVER (CBS4) – Park Hill residents attended a virtual briefing session Monday evening to learn more about the safe outdoor space for homeless people who come to the neighborhood. Mike Deatly and his wife have lived in Park Hill for five years.
“We’re all there to help people, but at the same time, the decision seems to have been made quite abruptly,” Deatly told CBS4’s Andrea Flores. “We want to educate ourselves and get the full picture before we make hasty decisions or reach conclusions, but our gut reaction is that we don’t know what we’re getting into.”
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Colorado Village Collaborative will operate the site in a parking lot behind Park Hill United Methodist Church. Executive Director Cole Chandler knows there are concerns and is committed to keeping Park Hill residents safe.
“We are committed to not admitting violent criminals or sex offenders. We have put a strong ban on drugs and alcohol on this website, ”said Chandler during the virtual meeting. “We’re also looking into various security measures and ways to reduce our activity across the neighborhood.”
Park Hill United Methodist Church senior pastor Nathan Adams says the church wants to lead by example.
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“We see this as an extension of the work God calls us to love our neighbors and especially our most vulnerable neighbors, in this case those who are homeless,” Rev. Adams said on the call.
While some Park Hill residents are concerned, Deatly wants to make sure that neighborhood safety is a top priority.
“We have open arms in this church, but that comes with an understanding that we are involved in the decision-making,” he said.
The Colorado Village Collaborative and Park Hill United Methodist Church are hosting an open house for Park Hill residents on May 1, from 10 am to 11:30 am in the currently secure outdoor area of Denver Community Church
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They also have two virtual community briefing meetings planned for:
- May 13th from 7pm to 8.30pm
- May 15 from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.