Krisin Toombs, Andrew
Paredes, and Connor Everson, representing DOLA Division of Housing, provided
a presentation about affordable housing needs and gaps (Attachment B).
Kristin Toombs, Director Office of Homeless Initiatives, discussed
the main cause of homelessness. Ms. Tooms stated the vision for the
office is for all Coloradans to have a safe and stable place to live. She
said that homelessness should be brief and rare, and no one should be left
behind. Ms. Toombs discussed recent trends for homelessness in Colorado
and the country, such as a lack affordable housing, health challenges,
and systemic inequities creating issues. She indicated that 40 percent
of homeless individuals have a disabling condition and/or have behavioral
health or medical needs. In addition, she shared that people of color,
LGBTQ, and disabled individuals face system inequities.