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Homelessness Q and A: LynnAnn Huizingh

What’s it like working with the homeless? What causes it? I became involved with the homeless community seven years ago through Heading Home in Jeffco. They were beginning to talk about inviting … more

Homelessness Q and A: Kate Herrlinger

What are the biggest obstacles to ending homelessness in Jeffco? I think that centers around cost-of-living. I saw a homeless guy at 52nd and Wadsworth and his sign said, “It’s so hard to get up … more

Homelessness Q and A: Dave Runyon

Tell me about your experience working with homelessness and the factors that cause it? The root causes of homelessness are mental health issues, long term addictions and a lack of affordable housing. … more

Homelessness Q and A: Cathy Alderman

What do you wish more people knew about homelessness? I think there is a misperception that people “choose” to be homeless or that it is a “lifestyle.” That is just simply not the … more

A timeline of the Federal Center land sale

The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless thought it had an answer to helping get homeless people off the street when it proposed building temporary and permanent housing that would ultimately house … more

Escaping the streets can be a struggle

Darin Barton likes Golden so that is where he chooses to live — even though he’s homeless. Single men “literally have nowhere to go, except to Denver,” Barton said. “And I don’t want to … more

Off the streets with a grandson to raise

“What’s not to love about raising a 6-year-old boy?” Melissa Winters asked. Winters, 54, who is about nine months away from earning her massage therapy licensure, is raising her grandson Jaiden … more

Action Center shelter closes

There are 22 less beds available for the homeless in Jefferson County now, after The Action Center announced the closure of its shelter program. In what the organization describes as a financially … more

Eleven families now have a place to call home

The apartment was sparsely furnished, the walls bare. Light from the windows illuminated the living room, showing a couch, chair, side table and table with a computer, which acted as the TV. But the … more

Court rules against Coalition over 59 acres

The US District Court of Colorado ruled against the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless in its request for a Motion for a Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction to stop the public auction of 59 … more

Brier announced as new Action Center executive director

When Mag Strittmatter announced in December that she would be stepping down from her role as executive director of The Action Center, there was no doubt it was going to take some special to fill her … more

Homelessness coalition fights denial of land use

Following the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) denial of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless plan to develop 59 acres near the Federal Center in Lakewood into a housing and … more

Coalition's plans for Fed Center denied

The federal government’s denial March 23 of a plan to develop 59 acres near the Federal Center in Lakewood into a housing and resource center for the homeless dismayed its proponents … more

More voices added to Lakewood's fed center property debate

Opinions are mixed, to put it lightly, about the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless plan to use 59 acres of undeveloped land near the Federal Center in Lakewood for housing and services for the … more

Homeless in Jeffco: One day on the streets

Every year in January, a small army of volunteers from churches, human services departments, nonprofits and law enforcement fan out into communities across the nation and conduct a point-in-time … more

Despite obstacles, ‘I have a lot of reasons to be happy'

Every day, Daliliah Wilson spends four hours simply getting to and from school. Without a car or driver’s license, Wilson, 18, must take two buses and the light rail from her Wheat Ridge home to … more

Shelter network moves forward in Arvada

Brenda Shepard stood in the gymnasium at The Rising Church in Olde Town Arvada. She was freshly showered, had a warm cup of coffee and folded clothes she recently picked out of the church’s racks, available to area homeless people and those living … more

Annual homeless count tallies an elusive population

On a balmy January night this year, 5,116 people were counted as being homeless in the Denver metro area. In Jefferson County, 394 homeless individuals were counted. The annual Point in Time (PIT) survey is conducted on a January night across … more

Many faces, many facets to homelessness

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 … more

Network of severe weather shelters has gap in Arvada area

On wintry nights, the homeless men and women in central Jefferson County can find shelter with a network of churches that open their doors — but those living in Arvadaare often left out in the cold. The Severe Weather Shelter Network is a … more
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