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Old 07-31-2011, 04:25 PM
 
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I stayed in FOCO for about two months back in 2010 and what surprised me the most about the place were the amount of homeless people.

The motel I stayed at was "packed" with couples in their late 50's/early sixies that were essentially living out of their cars and if they had enough money, they would rent a room out for a few nights.

I talked to the owner of the motel and he said that a lot of the elderly couples were just waiting to turn 62 so they could collect social security and move to a better place.

I also noticed on a daily basis a large number of people who would sit near the exits for I-25 and beg for food, money, rides, etc.

I know every city in the US has homeless people but FOCO should do something about its homeless population. I am sure FOCO is not the greatest place to live in the US its homeless population.
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Old 07-31-2011, 09:30 PM
 
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The only place I would EVER see homeless people were at the park over next to the shelter on Riverside/Jefferson (Next to the Brazilian steakhouse). Maybe occasionally in old town. Compared to where I live now in Portland, Fort Collins has a minuscule homeless population.
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Fort Collins, CO
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Coming from Grand Rapids Michigan last fall, I was surprised at the relative LACK of homeless people in FoCo. I think there are far more services available to these folks here than in other communities/states.
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:24 PM
 
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Not all these are truly homeless. The beggers that you see by the freeway are often scammers. One guy parks his newer Harley across by the park and ride and my friend has seen him golfing at Ptarmigan twice now.
There are transient/homeless everywhere in the world and especially around motels. Overall, not that many here. Besides, who wants to be out in 10 below or in a hailstorm?
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Old 08-08-2011, 02:32 PM
 
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Ft Collins does have resources for homeless people - a shelter, food bank, multiple thrift stores, subsidized housing ect. I recall the vineyard church having alot of services for them. I think alot of the homeless in the area are transient.
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Old 08-14-2011, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I was surprised at the relatively high numbers of homeless in Colorado Springs. I attributed it to available services and high numbers of vets.
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