The homeless population in Denver, Colorado
The number of people in Denver who reported to be homeless for the first time doubled over 2020, with people of color making an excessively high percentage.
Denver has over 6,000 living on the streets because of causes like poverty, substance abuse, and domestic violence. Over 400 people on the streets live with their families. They live badly in open areas, under bridges, abandoned cars, and unused buildings.
Data from the medical examiner’s office in the city shows that environmental exposure and drug overdoses are the cause of most fatalities. Natural causes account for only 21% of deaths in street communities.
Denver’s mayor’s administration is trying to address the problem of homelessness. It launched a campaign to relocate 576 people into shelters. Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration also created no-camping zones at specific parts of the city to combat homeless encampments. The city authorities also made shelter responses to protect the vulnerable populations.
Auxiliary sheltering is one of the shelter responses. It provides beds, showers, laundry, and health services to lure populations from encampments to safer, healthier environments.