Public camping in Colo. Springs now illegal |

Public camping in Colo. Springs now illegal

COLORADO SPRINGS – Homeless people who camp at parks and along city creeks in Colorado Springs will be cited under a new ordinance passed by the City Council.

The only council member to vote against the proposal Tuesday was Tom Gallagher, who says he was nearly homeless years ago. More than two dozen people testified on the ordinance, which makes it illegal to be in a tent or other temporary shelter on public property.

City officials believe there are between 300 to 500 homeless people who camp in the city and businesses say they scare away customers. Supporters of the new law say the camps are unsanitary and attract crime and drugs.

Homeless advocates who worried that there are not enough shelter beds wanted officials to delay the vote.

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