#36 – The Sad Cost of Homelessness

Colorado has the 10th highest homeless rate among states. An estimated 9,846 people are experiencing homelessness in our state.

Not only is it an expensive problem, it’s a deadly problem. According to a report by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, at least 269 homeless people died in 2021 just in Denver. The deaths increased by 21% from 2020 figures. The loss of lives is almost a 60% jump compared to five years earlier. Data from the medical examiner’s office in the city shows that environmental exposure and drug overdoses are the causes of most fatalities. Bad policies and poor leadership are having a horrible impact on our homeless and the communities they live in.