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Safe Outdoor Spaces 201

Denver's experiment with sanctioned homeless camps

How are sanctioned Safe Outdoor Space sites operated?

Operational plans submitted for camp sites refer to low-barrier housing and harm reduction housing principles.

Low barrier shelters have minimal resident expectations, focusing on health and safety: no background check, no drug test, no breathalyzer.

Harm reduction methods do not require treatment or sobriety. A harm reduction approach includes use of alcohol/drugs in a resident's individual space providing syringe disposal containers, clean needles, and Narcan.

Residents are not required to accept services as a condition to be in the camp or parking site.

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