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Report: homelessness rapidly increasing in Grand Junction

022223 Homeless guy on North

Dale Shrull/The Daily Sentinel

A homeless person with a shopping cart loaded with belongings takes shelter from the chilly wind at a bus stop on North Avenue near 28 Road on Wednesday. Grand Junction’s homeless population, per capita, is higher than other large Colorado cities.

The Common Sense Institute released a report Wednesday saying the number of unhoused, and particularly unsheltered and unhoused, people has been rising rapidly in Grand Junction in recent years.

The report estimates Grand Junction’s homeless population grew by about 43% from 2019 to 2021, and said the portion of Grand Junction’s population that is unhoused is higher than that of other large cities in Colorado.

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Homeless folks hang out and rest on the grass at Whitman Park in this file photo.

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