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233 homeless people died in metro Denver in 2018 — 2nd record-setting year in a row, advocates say

Posted at 10:01 PM, Dec 31, 2018
and last updated 2019-01-01 12:03:00-05

DENVER — For the second year in a row, a record number of people experiencing homelessness died in the seven-county Denver metro area in 2018, according to a statewide advocacy group.

The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless worked with local service providers and the Denver medical examiner to count 233 people who died while experiencing homelessness in the metro area between Jan. 1 and Dec. 13. The youngest person who died was 18 years old and the oldest was 73, according to the coalition’s report.

Last year, the coalition found that 231 homeless people had died in the area, a sharp spike from the year before.

“These lives ended on the streets, under bridges, in cars, hospital beds, emergency rooms and shelters, and sometimes in nursing homes or transitional housing,” the 2018 report states.

The Denver Medical Examiner confirmed 110 deaths of homeless people between November 2017 and October 2018. The remaining 113 deaths were tallied by 13 organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness.

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