An Informed Approach To Homelessness

Every night on the streets of metro Denver, nearly 650 unaccompanied women and transgender individuals find themselves with no safe, reliable place to lay their heads.

Most often, they are without a healthy network of family or friends to fill the gaps between times of job instability or medical crises. Many individuals experiencing homelessness struggle with mental illness and/or addiction; wait lists for mental health clinics can be up to two years. Many are aging with no safety net to prevent falls or help with chronic health needs. It follows that some of our most vulnerable neighbors continue to find themselves in shelters, or, more likely, on the streets…

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Confluence Denver, March 23, 2016

The Delores Project Offers Long-Term Help to Escape Homelessness

Victoria Smith never imagined herself homeless.

She was working as an accountant when the national economy collapsed in 2008. Like millions of other Americans, she was laid off that year.

At first she didn’t panic. She sold her Capitol Hill condo and moved from Denver to Miami, hoping to find work there. When that failed, she moved to Taos, again hunting in vain for employment. She returned to Denver, taking a series of temporary jobs at the National Western Stock Show, Walmart and the U.S. Census Bureau, falling deeper into depression…

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Denver Post, December 27, 2015

Transgender Lives Marked by Homelessness, Violence and Work Discrimination

When Cassidy Karam was 4, she loved playing with her sister’s dollhouse. Her parents realized this about their then-son, though, and got rid of it.

A Sunday school teacher told Cassidy that “girly” boys go to hell. And at 19, when Cassidy’s parents figured out she was putting on skirts and makeup before she went out at night, they gave her a deadline to find a new place to live…

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Denver Post, December 24, 2015