What Will the Next Mayor Do About Homelessness?
Rocky Mountain PBS airs the Denver Mayoral Candidate Forum on Homelessness this Sunday, April 3, 5-6pm.
Hosted by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, St. Francis Center and the Volunteers of America, the forum will cover several themes, including the impact of homelessness on individuals and families; the cost of housing; public perceptions of homelessness; and Denver’s Road Home, the city’s 10-year plan - now in its sixth year - to end homelessness.
Despite the gains made by advocates since 2005, an estimated 16,000 men, women and children are now homeless in Colorado – about 11,000 reside in the Denver metropolitan area.
For most people, the threat of homelessness stems from the gap between their current income and the cost of housing. This condition is often exacerbated by health and employment problems. The fastest growing segments of the population to experience homelessness are families, especially those with young children.
What will Denver’s next mayor do to further long-term solutions?