In speaking with church groups, social workers and homelessness experts, a common refrain is that no one solution exists to homelessness, because there is no one cause. Each person facing homelessness often deals with multiple …
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Homeless in Jeffco
Homeless in Jeffco
Editor’s Note: This is the third story in an occasional series by Colorado Community Media about why homelessness is growing in Jeffco, how homelessness is affecting communities, the faces of the homeless in our communities, and what churches, social workers, law enforcement and community leaders are doing to help find solutions.
In speaking with church groups, social workers and homelessness experts, a common refrain is that no one solution exists to homelessness, because there is no one cause. Each person facing homelessness often deals with multiple problems.Broken into broad categories, it is easy to see the dramatically different challenges these individuals may face. There are the chronic homeless, the newly homeless, the veterans, runaways, victims of human trafficking, the disabled, struggling immigrants and those fleeing abuse. Even those in the same category can have quite different obstacles to finding more secure housing and a better life.In this issue, three people dealing with homelessness share their stories. One is chronically homeless and dealing with drug use and mental health issues. The other two are parents, struggling to find safe and steady housing for their children, while trying to get back on their feet financially — one displaced by the economy and the other by injury.There are countless other stories to tell. On a winter night last year, volunteers counted 5,467 homeless people across Denver and the surrounding six counties, including Jefferson County.In the coming weeks, we will be reporting on some of those other stories, as well as looking at some of the more pervasive causes of homelessness in our community.
Amy Carrillo: On the fringes
For the past couple of months, Amy Carrillo and her two teenage children have been living in a single room in a boardinghouse in Westminster, where they share a kitchen and bathroom with other residents.
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