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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  • by Ted Location: Fruita on Dec 21, 2009 at 10:14 PM
    This story was pathetic. People who don't want to live according to anyone's rules but their own, wanting to blame the rest of us for not taking care of them not taking care of themselves? The man in the story asked why there were (allegedly) more homeless killed by cold here than in Denver. Simple, a disproportionate number of homeless flock or are bused here since there are so many charities who enable them to live "their" lifestyle. If this weren't true, many would already be back to work and in homes from the help offered by local charity. Stopping homelessness is easy: Get sober. Get a job. An be accountable for yourself like the rest of us. I don't say this heartlessly. I give food to homeless from time to time. I just don't give to any of the many "regulars" you see downtown, who are choosing to be homeless.
  • by Jane Location: Grand Junction on Dec 21, 2009 at 02:51 PM
    As long as there are organizations that freely give assistance, there will be people taking advantage of the system. The problem here is the lack of affordable housing. When I moved here it took me three months to find an apartment, I was told by many landlords that since I had only been here for a short time that they wouldn't rent to me, even though I had a job. This is also the only place that I have lived that told me such a thing. You (organizations) can't change people if they chose to live on the streets then that is where they will be.
  • by Jen Location: gj on Dec 21, 2009 at 09:23 AM
    For several years I work in the Downtown area and saw many homeless people. They all received some sort of assistance but they handled it very badly! I think that assistance should be handled for them and the first thing it should go for is housing. No choise in the matter their housing should be paid for first! If they want to go drink and buy drugs after that let them then that is their bad choise. I saw first hand that the more you do for them the more they expect. They for the most part don't want to help themselves! Most of them need rehab and someone responsable to handle their money.
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