Who I am is a 42 year old homeless person who lives (if you can call it that), in Denver, CO. Over the years, I have been homeless due to various reasons, the same reasons that all of us homeless people find ourselves; lack of money, lack of resources, family issues, job issues – the list goes on and on. I am grateful that I am not addicted, (food does not count)! I’ve also been told that I’m relatively sane, so that’s nice. In my journey as a homeless minority woman, I have learned many things and I have decided that all of the things that I have seen and heard would make a great blog. There are many issues facing the homeless community that seem to be in the homeless community and nowhere else. This is one of the reasons why I am here.
The other reason of why I am here is that in Denver there is the issue of pot legalization and how it has effected the homeless community. Pot legalization has made the issue of homelessness impossible to deal with. If you are one of the people who are trying to find your way out of homelessness, there are literally twice the amount of people in this state who need State provided resources, due to the fact that so many people have come here for the legalized pot. The cost of living has gone up in some cases around 100%. Apartments that used to cost $450 per month, now cost around $900 – $1,000. This begs the question, how does a person who is homeless, get out of homelessness with extreme debt and limited resources? Endless waiting lists for housing and shelters; job searches for jobs that don’t pay a living wage, in this new and much more expensive economy and the day to day dilemmas that we all face is why I am writing this blog. As a homeless person I would like to document my struggle and show that homelessness can be overcome and things can get better, but it is a struggle to do these things and many times there are heartbreaks and tears to shed.