Pushback against Denver homeless initiatives grows, Unlawful
Denver’s camping ban ordinance has withstood several challenges to date. In 2016, a class of people experiencing homelessness filed a lawsuit—Lyall v. City and County of Denver— in federal court contending that the city’s practice of sweeping homeless encampments violated the constitutional rights of homeless people. The case was settled in 2019 just three months before the municipal elections. However, the settlement required Denver to provide at least seven days’ notice before sweeping an encampment and provide a meaningful way for homeless people to recover their confiscated property.