Annual Homeless Survey - Everyone Counts

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Metro Denver Homeless Initiative
Annual Homeless Survey - Everyone Counts

January 9, 2018 (Metro Denver, CO) – The Metro Denver region is preparing for the annual Point in Time survey of people experiencing homelessness. Starting sundown on January 29, 2018, and ending sundown January 30, 2018, hundreds of volunteers and agencies will mobilize across Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties over a 24-hour period to conduct a survey of homelessness.

The Point in Time survey occurs nationwide the last ten days in January, and is regionally referred to as Everyone Counts. The data is used to inform HUD and provide a snapshot of Metro Denver on a single night that helps communities understand trends and respond to the needs of people experiencing literal homelessness. In 2017, Metro Denver counted 5116 total people experiencing homelessness, with 924 of those people counted staying outside in tents, parks, vehicles or underpasses.

For the upcoming 2018 count, comprehensive count methodology will provide more reliable data. Expanded efforts include: 

  • Magnet events to encourage persons less engaged with homeless services to be counted
  • Enhanced coordination of outreach for unsheltered persons living in tents, parks, vehicles, underpasses
  • Digital applications to plan volunteer routes and collect data

"While determining the scope of homelessness, the Point In Time raises public awareness, promotes collaboration across seven counties, and reminds the community that Everyone Counts."

Will Connelly, Executive Director
Metro Denver Homeless Initiative

Metro Denver Homeless Initiative and Mile High United Way are recruiting volunteers to work alongside service providers as well as soliciting financial or in-kind donations to support the event. Interested parties should visit www.everyonecounts.mdhi.org or email PIT@mdhi.org for more information.

About MDHI: Metro Denver Homeless Initiative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to lead and advance collaboration to end homelessness in our region. In 2017, MDHI, as the Continuum of Care, leveraged over $24M in HUD-funded housing resources and supportive services for individuals, youth, families, and Veterans experiencing homelessness across Metro Denver.

Learn more at MDHI.org

Metro Denver Homeless Initiative