Homeless Count Tomorrow

    How will does Colorado take care of its homeless?  Tomorrow, a statewide count will work to find out.

    The Colorado Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) will be working with various charities and governments to conduct a census, determining what homelessness really looks like in the state. According to the ICH, it will be the first homeless count of its kind in 17 years, and will not only look at the homeless population, but aim to figure out the main reasons people are living without a permanent residence .

    Census regions have been divided into 9 districts, with a map available on the ICH website. Region 5 includes the bustling capitol of Denver, and Region 6 will be home to Colorado Springs, another fast growing city.

    Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at erosa@www.coloradoindependent.com.

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