Homelessness in Denver appears to be on the rise, and the Catholic Charities in Denver has been leading the charge in serving the homeless.
"A newly released estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development claims homelessness has plunged in Colorado since 2010, but you wouldn't know it talking to anyone who works with the homeless. And you wouldn't know it based upon what you can see with your own eyes in and around downtown Denver, either.
"Ten years after John Hickenlooper, then Denver's mayor, embarked on a plan to end homelessness in the city, the problem seems as bad as ever, and probably worse.
"To get a better perspective of the current state of homelessness and what can be done about it, I sat down with Larry Smith, CEO of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Denver, which has been a leading provider of services to the homeless for decades. The interview has been edited for length and clarity."--Vincent Carroll, The Denver Post