Feb 5, 2010 7:25 PM by News First 5

Homeless rally becomes shouting match

A rally at City Hall for homeless rights became heated today. Coloradans for Peace organized the event but a woman questioned the group's sincerity.  News First 5's Abby Lane has the story.

A heated exchange outside of City Hall.  A woman upset with a group rallying for homeless rights.

"The issue that I have is the organizations thinking that they're representing the homeless are not involved in any meetings," said Janis Heuberger, who also filed a complaint with the Environmental Protection Agency last month about homeless waste in Fountain Creek.

Coloradans for Peace organized the event a few days before city council votes on whether to ban camping. "We have to let city council know and we're doing the very best we can that we would like them to listen to us and if they refuse to listen, we will go the judicial route," said Rita Ague, a member of the group.

Zenison Kirksey, who is recently homeless, didn't care who organized the event.  He said he supports groups who want to help the homeless.  He also opposes the camping ban "What homeless people need is homes and if they can't stay here why shouldn't they be allowed to shelter themselves," he asked.

"Will they be booted out of tents? No." said Bob Holmes, director of Homeward Pikes Peak.  If the no camping ordinance passes, Holmes says the homeless will have to leave the area but they'll have help finding a place to sleep indoors.   "I feel very comfortable with asking people to leave from down there and I don't in any way see how it can be construed as inhumane," he said.

City council is expected to vote on Tuesday.



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