Every year, national organizations conduct a survey of individuals experiencing homelessness. The survey is held on a single night in January and captures a picture of those without shelter, according to the definition of homelessness by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The definition doesn’t include people who are living in motels they’ve paid for, anyone who’s couch-surfing, and families or individuals who are living with others in a single room or location.
This year’s Point-in-Time survey found 5,467 homeless individuals in the Denver-metro area, including 2,472 who were part of families with children.
Almost one-fifth of individuals were newly homeless. And 51.4% of all respondents were in transitional housing, 34.2% were in emergency shelters and 14.4% did not have shelter on the night of the survey.