After City’s Threat, Many Denver Homeless Clear Camps

Photo: Camp outside of Denver Rescue Mission, March 2016
A cyclist pauses near a homeless person's encampment outside of the Denver Rescue Mission in downtown on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. The city says it will begin to clear the remaining camps off of sidewalks beginning Tuesday.

Marcus Parker, who’s homeless, and living in the shelter explained why it was so quiet.

"Bad news travels fast. Although I’m homeless, I don’t want to get in trouble," Parker said. "I don’t want to go to jail, lose what little piece of life I do have."

The city says the camps scattered on sidewalks near homeless shelters near Coors Field pose a health hazard. Spokeswoman Julie Smith says the city has tried to get people living there into shelters for the last six months. She says people won't be forced out but their belongings will be put in storage and can be recovered later.

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The Associated Press and CPR's Nathaniel Minor contributed to this report.