Group wants no more homeless deaths

By: Lizz Marrs Email
By: Lizz Marrs Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Cold weather can be extremely dangerous and potentially deadly, but many people just don't have a warm place to stay so now one group is raising awareness of the problem.

On Sunday afternoon, a group homeless folks and their friends marched through downtown Grand Junction.

They took to the streets hoping to share the simple message: that everyone deserves a home.

Last year, 16 homeless people died from exposure to the cold weather here in Grand Junction.

The group Housing First No More Deaths is asking that the community steps up to make sure no one else freezes to death.

Members of the group say the only solution is to have more places for the homeless to keep warm.

The march started at Whitman Park where a lot of homeless spend their nights and ended at Hawthorne Park. At Hawthorne, there is a memorial plaque in memory of all the homeless who have died.

The group says during the winter close to 1,000 people are without shelter and sleep in Grand Junction's parks.

No More Deaths says there is nowhere for the homeless to take refuge from the cold during the day, and even with shelters and churches opening up their doors at night it's just not enough to keep people from freezing to death.

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