Mar 16, 2010 11:18 PM by John Romero
A spot just northwest of I-25 and Cimarron used to be a packed homeless camp. Now just three weeks after the no camping ordinance went into effect all signs of the camp are gone. Police say so far it's been smooth goings. "We've seen a lot of movement, good movement." explains Officer M.J. Thompson with CSPD's Homeless Outreach Team, "A lot of our homeless people are taking the initiative on their own to either contact us or other members of the community to help better themselves."
According to Bob Holmes of Homeward Pikes Peak, just over 140 people have left the streets so far, and have placed into transitional housing. Around 60-70 more have also moved on. He says the plan is working but funding for programs is still needed. "We just want enough money and enough time to get everybody who needs it a chance to get cleaned up, take a break, hopefully get a job, save some money and become self sufficient." he says.
As for the Officer Thompson and the rest of the police, they say it's still going to be a few months before all of the camps are gone. But that was to be expected. "We did now want them to feel like we were forcing them out in a very short period of time." he explains, "That's not our goal. Our goal is to help them."