Poll: Most homeless are not transients

Homelessness in the Grand Valley continues to pose challenges, according to a study conducted by the Grand Valley Coalition for the Homeless.

A survey released Tuesday reports statistics on homeless people who were interviewed by volunteers on Jan. 24.

The majority, or 94 percent of the 768 homeless people identified in the Grand Valley, consider themselves residents of Mesa County. A loss of a job or the inability to pay rent and utilities were the top reasons people said they became homeless.

In School District 51, 506 students are considered homeless, according to Belinda Howery with the Resources, Education and Advocacy for Children who are Homeless program.

“If we can get these children to buy into an education, maybe they can step away from the cycle of homelessness,” Howery said.

To view the complete results of the survey, visit http://gvch.homestead.com.


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