For the past two months, the 28-year-old has lived on the streets of Denver. She is concerned that an ordinance being considered by Denver's City Council would make her, not only homeless, but also a criminal.
"It is wrong to deny a lot of these people, a lot of us the right to sleep where we want to sleep. I mean, that is our only option. You think we want to sleep out here? We don't, but we have no other option," McIntire said.
The problem for homeless individuals in Denver is the number of shelter beds does not equal those in need. The problem is especially acute for homeless women living alone.
"[The] 158 shelter beds designated in the City and County of Denver for upwards of 800 single women are full every night of the year," Terrell Curtis, executive director of the Delores Project, said.
That means on most nights the Delores Project is unable to provide shelter to all the women in need. While area churches do offer shelter to some, for others like McIntire, the streets are the only option.
Many homeless women try to sleep in areas like the 16th Street Mall or city parks because the traffic offers some degree of safety.
Curtis fears the ordinance making camping illegal will force women to find more secluded areas to sleep that are not frequented by police and thereby raise the safety concerns for them.
Proponents of the ordinance say the growing number of homeless camping on Denver streets is driving residents and business out of the downtown area.
"We understand this is a difficult issue, however as residents and business owners, we implore the council to take this important step before it reaches the tipping point where no one wants to live or work in downtown Denver," Josh Davies, president of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association, said.
Homeless advocates are in agreement with the desire to curb the homeless from camping out. However, they want adequate shelters in place before camping is made illegal.
"We don't think it is humane for people to have to sleep outdoors, but we don't think it is humane for a city to basically say that regardless of whether there is a safe place for you to be, that we're going to criminalize camping outside and criminalize your existence," John Parvenski, president of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, said.
"It doesn't make homelessness a crime. It makes the act of camping a crime and what is important about this to us is that it will then provide an incentive to help them into the service providers where they may not right now have any reason," Davies said.
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