The entire Denver Metropolitan Area and other communities in Colorado have seen an increase in homelessness and panhandling, including Jefferson County. There are a variety of reasons homelessness has increased; a lack of affordable housing, few options for the treatment of substance abuse and mental health and homeless people leaving larger cities in an effort to avoid being victims of crimes perpetrated by others who are homeless.
Wheat Ridge is working with other cities in Jefferson County to develop a regional strategy to address the issue of homelessness. Currently, we are collaborating with Heading Home Jeffco, a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop a plan to address and end homelessness in Jefferson County. More information will be made available as the plan is formalized along with a timeline for implementation.
The following is a list of agencies and nonprofits in Jefferson County that can help with resources, food programs, shelter information including locations available during severe weather, mental health services and more.