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Denver homeless camp sweeps lawsuit reaching settlement 

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The two sides have reached a tentative agreement in a case challenging Denver's policies on sweeps of homeless camps, The Denver Post reported Feb. 27.

Under the proposed settlement, each of six homeless plaintiffs would get $5,000. The city would have to:

  • give campers written notice a week before conducting large-scale cleanups;
  • leave 48-hour notices on unattended personal property in areas where sidewalks are frequently swept;
  • store confiscated property for 60 days instead of a month;
  • install new lockers, trash cans, portable toilets and needle-disposal boxes for public use.

Colorado Springs already requires police to give people camping on public property 24-hour notice before issuing citations or conducting cleanups, but it's also faced lawsuits for its treatment of homeless people in the past.

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