The number of homeless people in the state has tripled according to a survey just released by the Colorado Division of Housing.
In August volunteers fanned out across the state and the Grand Valley
searching for the homeless and asking questions about how they became homeless, housing affordability and services for the homeless.
The survey is the first state-wide census in 18 years,
and shows 12–thousand people considering themselves as homeless.
In the Grand Valley the story is much the same, where 329 people surveyed identified themselves as homeless. but community shelter director Teresa Black estimates the homeless to be many times that number, She says the local survey numbers do not include those already receiving assistance, nor does it include about 500 children listed by Mesa County School District 51 listed as homeless.
She says other people not counted include those who share a home with others and those who intentionally avoided the count that day.
Some homeless advocates say there could be as many as 30–thousand homeless in Colorado...nearly three times the number counted in the survey.