Denver calls off sweep of people camping at 27th and Arapahoe

Tents at a homeless camp on Arapahoe at 27th in Denver, with new homes in the background on April 10, 2019. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)

Tents at a homeless camp on Arapahoe at 27th in Denver, with new homes in the background on April 10, 2019. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)

Donna Bryson. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver officials called off a scheduled clean-up of a Curtis Park encampment this morning.

Public Works spokeswoman Nancy Kuhn says priorities were shifted because of the severe weather that’s on the way. She says instead of clearing the tents erected along Arapahoe and 27th streets, the city is focusing on reaching out to get people without homes into shelters.

David Jackson says he woke up in his tent at 27th and Arapahoe this morning expecting to have to move. He soon heard the operation was off. He says he works in construction but had already been told there’d be no job today because of the weather. He was thankful not to have to search for another place to spend the next few days, which he expected to be wet and cold.

The city’s Kuhn says Jackson and others at the camp would get advance notice when a new cleanup date is scheduled.

Jerry Burton on Friday April 5 2019 at the camp where he lives on Arapahoe and 27th in Denver. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)

Jerry Burton on Friday April 5 2019 at the camp where he lives on Arapahoe and 27th in Denver. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)

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