Advocates: Slow economy fueling Colorado homelessness
DENVER – The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless says the number of homeless Coloradans is rising, just as services for them are being axed because of state budget shortfalls.
The Metropolitan Denver Homeless Initiative said this week that a one-day count in seven Denver-area counties showed 11,061 homeless people on Jan. 27. The report cautioned against comparing results with previous surveys because of changes in how organizers collected data, but Colorado Coalition for the Homeless CEO John Parvensky says the survey still offers a good snapshot of the homeless.
The survey found 44 percent of respondents said they’re homeless for the first time. Job loss and an inability to pay rent or mortgage were cited most often as factors for homelessness.