Denver residents protest group homes

September 21, 1998
East Denver residents packed into a meeting last week to raise personal - and sometimes panicked - questions about their likely new neighbors.
     Would they be allowed in the nearby park, some asked. What kinds of medications do they take? Do they scream in the night?
     The newcomers - if Denver city officials and the Mental Health Corp. of Denver get their way - will be 12 mentally ill residents of two group homes on south Olive and Poplar streets. The city is scurrying to open those and five other facilities by December 18, the deadline set by a judge in the settlement of a class-action lawsuit.