The Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI) is an independently funded, non-profit organization whose mission includes the prevention and ending of homelessness in the seven county, Metro Denver Region by facilitating, integrating and tracking cooperative, community-wide and regional systems of care for people who have become homeless, but seek to live in a stable home and maximize self-sufficiency.
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2014 State of Homelessness Report
Seven-County Denver Metropolitan Region
The Metropolitan Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI) is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a regional entity addressing housing instability and homelessness. This milestone wouldn’t be possible without the support of providers, local governments, faith communities, foundations and many other partners. Thank you for your continued contributions in our collective efforts to prevent and end homelessness. We are grateful to the Burnes Institute on Poverty and Homelessness, in partnership with the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver for providing the Point-In-Time data analysis and reporting for the 2014 State of Homelessness report.
The annual Point-In-Time survey efforts involve hundreds of volunteers from surrounding communities to capture the need on a single night of the year. This year’s effort were hampered by inclement weather on January 27th which resulted in less volunteers therefore less surveys conducted than in previous years. Despite conducting fewer surveys than in previous years, the data and resulting report has important information for the seven county area.
The 2014 Point-In-Time findings include:
- Continued downward decline in the number of veterans experiencing homelessness
- No significant change in chronically homeless numbers
- Households with children are majority of HUD defined homeless (53%) and at-risk (65%)
In this year’s report, the PIT data has been segregated into HUD homeless defined populations and then into at-risk of homelessness populations. While comparison of trends across multiple years can be informative, it is not recommended that population numbers are compared from year to year.
While there may be differing definitions of homelessness, MDHI is committed to inform our seven county area of individuals and families who are homeless as well as those on the edge. If we don’t address the needs of those at-risk, we will continue to see a rise in homelessness across the region. Prevention is key to effectively prevent future generations from experiencing homelessness. Increased access to housing and services is paramount in our collective efforts. The State of Homelessness report recognizes that homelessness is a manifestation of a myriad of factors.
We are thankful to the Veteran Peer Interviewers who assisted with this year’s PIT survey efforts, the US Department of Veteran Affairs for a grant to hire formerly homeless veterans to assist in our efforts, hundreds of community volunteers and stakeholders who conducted the surveys, content experts for contributing their articles, and those who have shared their stories about their homeless experiences.
Only through collective efforts will we end homelessness as we know it today.
Thank you for all that you do for our most vulnerable neighbors.
Please send any comments related to the 2014 State of Homelessness reports to Joe Baker (email@example.com).
NOTE: The 2014 State of Homeless Report contains Point-In-Time data segregated into two separate reports. First, findings based upon data set according to HUD homeless definition and the second findings based upon data set according to at-risk factors. While trends can be analyzed across the years, comparing specific numbers from year to year may not be a valid indicator of population needs or issues.