By Jennifer McRae

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman’s plan aimed at helping ease the city’s homeless crisis failed to pass the city council. The council voted on Monday night 5 to 5, so the proposal failed.

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Coffman wanted to make a few changes to how unsanctioned camps are handled in the city. Those changes would have included: offering campers an alternative place to stay and doing away with criminal penalties for illegal campers unless they refused to leave.

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Camps would also not have needed to be considered a threat to the public in order for the city to clear them out.

In May, the city of Aurora welcomed public input on temporary housing for the homeless.

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Jennifer McRae