New Report Shows Over 31,000 in Region Experienced Homelessness Last Year
MDHI Releases State of Homelessness 2020 Report
See the full version of the report here.
DENVER, COLORADO – October 12, 2020 – The Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI) released its State of Homelessness 2020 report today, highlighting never before seen data on homelessness in the Denver region.
The report, the first of its kind in the state, shows homelessness across multiple sources, including for the first time the data system the region has been working to implement widely with homeless service and housing providers. This data system showed that 31,207 individuals accessed services or housing supports related to homelessness between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Also included in the report is data on individuals being prioritized for housing, a deep dive into the region’s Point in Time (PIT) count which occurred in January, and numbers collected by school districts across the seven-county metro region.
“For the first time, we have real-time data on how many people are seeking support as a result of homelessness,” said Matt Meyer, Executive Director of MDHI. “While there are variances between data sets, one thing is consistent – racial inequity,” adding, “We need to address this if we want to make meaningful progress on homelessness.”
This number varies significantly from the PIT count conducted in January which provides a snapshot on this issue. It showed 6,104 people experiencing homelessness on a single night. Additionally, school districts in the region reported 12,879 students identified as experiencing homelessness during the 2018-2019 school year, the most recent data available.
“This report seeks to provide a fuller, more comprehensive understanding of homelessness,” said Jamie Rife, Director of Communications and Development at MDHI. “In the past, we’ve focused on the Point in Time to determine the number of unhoused in our community, but now we have multiple data points to help us better understand the full impact of this issue,” she added.
Also included in the report are implications on what can be done on the issue and next steps the region can take. “We have yet to see the full impact of the pandemic,” said Rife. “We’re nearing a cliff on evictions. Once the moratoriums expire at the end of the year, we’ll see the full impact of households that have fallen months behind on rent, right as the winter months are at their worst."
For questions or comments on the report, please contact Jamie Rife at [email protected]