Each January, volunteers from churches, human-services departments, nonprofits and law enforcement team up in communities across the Denver metro area, and areas around the nation, to conduct the …
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Each January, volunteers from churches, human-services departments, nonprofits and law enforcement team up in communities across the Denver metro area, and areas around the nation, to conduct the Point-in-Time survey of their region's homeless population.
The results from this year's survey won't be available for a few months, but here's a breakdown of 2018's numbers:
• The PIT survey by the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative counted 5,317 homeless people on Jan. 29, 2018, in the seven-county metro area.
• That's a slight uptick from 5,116 people on Jan. 30, 2017, but because of limitations in the one-night survey, trends are difficult to identify.
• The area includes Denver, Arapahoe, Jefferson, Adams, Douglas, Broomfield and Boulder counties. About 65 percent stayed in Denver, 11 percent each in Boulder and Jefferson counties, 9 percent in Adams County and 4 percent — or 198 individuals — in Arapahoe County.
• The total included 566 veterans.
• Of the survey's total, 384 people said they were fleeing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking.
• Of the total, 1,515 said they had a substance use or abuse issue, 61 had HIV or AIDS and 1,415 self-reported a mental health issue.
• About 27 percent of all homeless individuals stayed in transitional housing, while about 48 percent were in emergency shelter and 0.4 percent were in supportive housing for mental illness, also called “safe havens.” About 25 percent, or 1,308 people, were unsheltered.
• The count did not include people sleeping on couches at friends' or families' homes. Those in hotels or motels paid for by a government or charitable organization counted as sheltered homeless.
Sources: 2018 Metro Denver Homeless Initiative Point-In-Time survey (www.mdhi.org/pit), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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