Homelessness Q and A: Dave Runyon

City Unite Arvada

Posted 7/27/18

Tell me about your experience working with homelessness and the factors that cause it? The root causes of homelessness are mental health issues, long term addictions and a lack of affordable housing. …

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Homelessness Q and A: Dave Runyon

City Unite Arvada

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Tell me about your experience working with homelessness and the factors that cause it?

The root causes of homelessness are mental health issues, long term addictions and a lack of affordable housing.

In your experience dealing with homelessness, what works? What are the best ways to improve things for people?

The best thing that Arvada could do to combat homelessness is to have services that provide emergency sheltering, transitional housing and affordable housing. We also need trained case managers who are able to walk with motivated individuals in order to help them move into the next season of their lives.

What can the average person do to help the homeless in their community and fight the factors that cause it?

The best thing that we as individuals can do is get to know the people who are homeless in our community. Start by simply looking at the people on the street corners in the eye and acknowledging their existence. This might seem like a small thing, but it is a big deal as it provides dignity. Also, next time you walk by someone who appears to be homeless, take a risk and introduce yourself and even ask them where they are from. You will be surprised how willing most of them are to talk with you. Homelessness is more about a lack of relationships as opposed to a lack of money.

— Shanna Fortier

Homeless in Jeffco,

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