Homeless camps spreading in Grand Junction
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” Grand Junction officials say more homeless camps are popping up this year, and some are outside the usual areas along riverbanks, islands and bridges.
They say the increase is due in part to the troubled economy and crammed homeless shelters.
Neighborhood services manager Kathy Portner says cleanup crews made up of jail inmates disposed of 15 homeless camps and nine truckloads of trash in a vacant area of private property in May.
Portner said the main worry is the possibility of disease spreading from human waste left along the fast-running Colorado River, which carries trash and other debris downstream.
The Eagle Valley Land Trust and Eagle River Watershed Council program adds 1% to purchases to fund preservation and conservation.