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Colorado Homeless Veteran Population Declining

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Updated: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 06:48:55 MST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Colorado is experiencing a decrease in the number of homeless veterans,the second largest drop in the nation.

According to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, between 2012 - 2013 Colorado was able to move 827 veterans off the streets.

Grand Valley officials said the trend is also taking place on the Western Slope thanks to the Grand Valley Homeless Coalition and partnerships between numerous organizations.

"That's why we are so successful in this valley, because everybody understands the goal is assisting the veterans. It's not about egos it's not about organization egos it's about assisting the veterans," said Rocky Mountain Human Services Lydia DeLaRosa.

"I myself am a disabled veteran, I've lived in the valley for nine years and I know of a lot of veterans that have been homeless and they have such a great desire to be in a home," said Terri Cox of Rocky Mountain Human Services.

In November of 2009, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shiseki unveiled his plan to end homelessness by 2015 with the help of partnerships and new programs like the Supportive Services for Veteran Families.

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