How close to homeless are you?

By: Lizz Marrs Email
By: Lizz Marrs Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Nationally, officials say 60 percent of families are one paycheck away from being homeless and people in Grand Junction are not an exception.

On Saturday the Grand Valley Homeless Coalition tried to improve the community's awareness on homelessness. Their goal was to have the community stand up for the homeless and hungry.

Without the next payday, over half of US families could be the next homeless victims and workers at both Homeward Bound Homeless Shelter and Housing First No More Deaths say that homelessness affects everyone and could happen to your mom, grandfather or cousin.

Jordan McGinnis works for Homeward Bound. But he also says homlessness affected his family. "Last year my cousin died on a park bench in Whitman Park. She had two children and died of pneumonia."

Ian Lafferty says he has been homeless himself and that statistic isn't a far-fetched idea, "Half the people in there talking today are a paycheck away from being homeless themselves... I have been homeless since September."

McGinnis said homelessness doesn't just happen to adults. He said last year more than 60 District 51 students were homeless.


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