DENVER (AP) — Denver’s mayor is calling the homeless encampments that sprang up across the city during the coronavirus pandemic a public health threat. He vowed to clean them up at a press conference on Wednesday.
Mayor Michael Hancock says the city has taken a risk by sending public workers to encampments on sidewalks, alleys and vacant lots to monitor and clean up the areas. Workers have discovered discarded needles in public and private landscaping. But he didn’t specify whether the city intended to remove the camps entirely or intensify efforts to sanitize some of them.