Reduction in homelessness in a rapidly expanding community like ours is a critical issue driven by many complex issues ranging from a lack of social programs, insufficient mental health treatment options, poor housing accessibility, and unfair barriers to entry into job and apprenticeship training programs. Any honest plan to reduce homelessness must address the reasons people become unhoused, and the failures in our social safety net which do not adequately support our vulnerable populations. However, Arapahoe County cannot face these challenges on our own. We need highly collaborative leaders like Carrie who can reach out to other city, state, and non-profit organizations to most effectively reduce homelessness.
While the path out of homelessness can look different for everyone, Carrie has already begun to help affect change in Arapahoe County with the support of other city, state and non-profit peers. From rent assistance that has kept thousands of Arapahoe families in their homes, to Arapahoe County’s new GOALS program which provides a multi-generational approach to education, employment assistance, job training, childcare services, and access to guaranteed secure housing for up to a year while families stabilize and begin to thrive.