Every year the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless works with the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner and 25 social service agencies in the Denver metro area to account for the homeless people who have passed.
The coalition ends up with two numbers: the people the medical examiner can formally and officially determine were homeless and the people the community knows have died. By either measure, a lot more people died on the streets this year than in years past.
“These are the highest numbers that we’ve seen,” said Cathy Alderman, vice president of communications and public policy for the coalition.
The coalition’s homeless death review for 2016 found that 171 people from the Denver homeless community had died. Meanwhile, the medical examiner’s office identified 79 homeless people who had died in the city and county of Denver between Jan. 1, 2016, and Nov. 22, 2016.
These are their names.