Business Leaders Speak Out on Denver’s Controversial Initiative 300

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By Monica Vendituoli  – Reporter, Denver Business Journal

Initiative 300, also known as the Right to Survive Initiative, has highlighted the growing unease among the city’s unsheltered homeless population, some of its advocates and the Denver business community.

The initiative, which Denver residents will vote on in May, would allow people to set up camps and otherwise rest on public property.

Between 2015 and 2018, the amount of unsheltered homeless people in Denver has increased by 58%, according to a survey by the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative. This rise has happened despite the fact that the seven county Denver metro has approximately 1.2 beds available for each person experiencing homelessness, according to a study by the REMI Partnership, which includes public and private organizations such as the Colorado Bankers Association and the Colorado Association of Realtors.

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