Homeless and No Shelter to go to- Aurora, CO

In many ways, Aurora is a typical American suburb: endless wide streets, lots of
single-family residential housing, and the automobile as preferred means of travel.

However, look more closely, and the city takes on its truer character: There are a considerable number of people whom are homeless in Aurora, however for years some local leaders have denied the problem. A true testiment as to why the City of Aurora does not have a homeless Shelter for ANYONE, expect animals of course.

Old Aurora is much more urban than suburban in its demographic make-up. The oldest, northwestern, neighborhood of Aurora has a population of approximately 21,000 people, 77% of which s Hispanic and 12 % African American/ Black. Eighty-one percent of the students attending public school receive free/reduced lunch in schools, indicating that they live in a household wherein their parents income is 200% below the federal poverty level.

One of old Aurora’s strengths is its wealth of ethnicities and languages. There are over
ninety languages spoken. Academic promise and opportunity are also less than a half a
mile away, at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, a state-of-the-art,
multi-million dollar campus and hospital complex.

Old Aurora is also a city of contradictions: with all of America’s strengths and
all of America’s weaknesses present in one place, from block to block and from door to
door. Hope and despair live together closely here.


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