Matina Soutous, a resident of Denver for more than 10 years, complained to local officials about the homeless camps that were invading her community and decided to grab a trash bag and clean the area, according to CBS Denver. “Every time I looked the homeless camps began to grow,” said Soutous of the homeless camps near her home in the Denver’s Curtis Park neighborhood.
When she complained to the city about the area growing dirtier and more dangerous with trash and needles, she found that her complaints fell on deaf ears. “We decided to just get some plastic bags and see what we can do,” she said of her decision to take action. Soutous and other residents began to clean the neighborhood, and although they made it look better, it still did not address the issue of the growing number of homeless camps in the area.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock says he’s fully aware of the issues surrounding the growing number of homeless camps. “We must follow progressive steps and acknowledge that we have to go through certain steps to verbally warn, provide written warning and then move in to expedite getting people into the shelter or moving from this area,” said Hancock of the problem.