Homelessness Facts & Statistics

From January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016, ACCESS Housing provided the following emergency shelter, homeless prevention, transitional housing and other family support services to 867 families comprised of 2,277 adults and children. The following is a summary of the services that were provided through the agency’s core programs:

Family Shelter Program

Short-term shelter is provided for families with children for up to 90 days in private, two bedroom apartment units that support the normalcy and privacy that families need to regain their independence. Program services include case management, food, clothing, personal hygiene products, household furnishings and transportation assistance. Emergency shelter is provided in collaboration with local hotels to assure the immediate safety of families. Additionally, ACCESS Housing partners with the Adams County Cold Weather Care program during severe weather months.

2016 Objectives:

  • 50 families with children will reside in the agency’s shelter facility for up to 90 days.
    • Progress: 33 families spent 30 to 90 days in our family shelter facility. During the reporting period, two of the agency’s on-site shelter units were out of operation due to water damage. Additionally, some households exceeded 90 day stay due to individual circumstances.
  • 1,000 families will receive crisis intervention support; resource information and linkages to community partners.
    • Progress: 784 families consisting of 2,003 individuals have received referrals to community partners for services not currently provided by ACCESS Housing.

Family Shelter Housing Outcomes:

  • One (1) family secured permanent, non-subsidized housing;
  • One (1) family secured low-income housing;
  • One (1) family enrolled in a partner agency transitional housing program;
  • Twenty-nine (29) families enrolled into the agency’s Home Again Family Support Program to receive transitional housing supportive services;
  • Seven (7) families moved on to family/friends.

Family Shelter Housing Outcomes:

  • Five (5) families secured permanent, non-subsidized housing;
  • Six (6) families secured subsidized low-income housing;
  • Two (2) families enrolled in a partner agency transitional housing program;
  • Three (3) families enrolled into the agency’s Home Again Family Support Program to receive transitional housing supportive services;
  • Eight (8) families moved on to family/friends.

Home Again Family Support Program

Program services seek to prevent homelessness and to support the transition of homeless families into permanent housing. Eligible families receive case management and financial assistance for medical, education, rent, utility, and transportation expenses.

2016 Objectives:

  • 20 families will receive transitional housing supportive services including case management and financial assistance.
    • Progress: 25 families received transitional housing supportive services including financial support, case management and family advocacy.
  • 30 families will receive case management and financial assistance to prevent homelessness.
    • Progress: 7 families received case management, family advocacy and financial assistance to prevent homelessness.
    • Progress: 38 victims received crisis intervention, resources and victim advocacy.

Steps 2 Success Self-sufficiency Program:

Program services support family self-sufficiency by ensuring that adult family members secure and maintain jobs that pay a living wage through permanent housing and employment goals, GED preparation and life skills training.

2016 Objectives:

  • 50 adults will complete life skills training workshops in the areas of:
    • Landlord and Tenant Rights and Responsibilities
    • Domestic Violence Awareness and Safety Planning
    • Parenting Skills
    • Budget and Credit Management
    • Stress Management
  • Progress: 31 adults participated in life skills workshops.

Agency In-kind Donations and Volunteers:

2016 Objectives:

  • 200 families will receive $20,000 in food, clothing, furnishings and holiday gifts.
    • Progress: Households received over $28,000 in food, clothing, furnishings and holiday gifts.
  • ACCESS will receive $20,000 in contributed volunteer hours.
    • Progress: ACCESS volunteers generated over $16,000 in volunteer hours.

According to the 2013 Point in Time Study…

  1. There were an estimated 11,167 homeless men, women and children in Metropolitan Denver on the night of January 28, 2013.
  2. There are 1,264 homeless persons in Adams County on any given night, most of who are single women with children.
  3. Twelve percent (12.2%) reported sleeping in a shelter facility during the night of the survey. There are no emergency beds available for single homeless people in Adams County except through the Adams County Cold Weather Care program, which provides emergency shelter in winter months.
  4. Forty-eight percent (47.6%) were doubled or tripled up as they stayed with family and friends.
  5. 77 individuals were unsheltered during the night of the survey (UNSHELTERED: sleeping in a vehicle, on the street or outside, etc.).

Community Need

The poverty rate in Adams County is 12.5% compared to the state’s rate of 11.4%, and when only female head of households are considered, the poverty rate rises to 28.4%.

Adams County has the third highest numbers of children in poverty (21,380) after Denver and Arapahoe Counties.

There are 13,804 households, including 6,974 families, who earn less than $15,000 annually in Adams County.

The unemployment rate in Adams County is 8.8% compared to the statewide rate of 7.3%.

In Adams County 21.2% of residents did not finish high school compared to the statewide rate of 13.1%. In addition, 21.6% of Adams County residents speak a language other than English at home, compared to the statewide rate of 15.1%.

Adams County is facing additional challenges due to the deteriorating housing market. Adams County has consistently led the state in foreclosure rates with 1 filing per 56 households in 2009, as compared to 1 foreclosure per 94 households statewide. The rents are increasing faster than wages can keep up. According to the HUD’s Fair Market Rent, it costs $921 per month to rent a two-bedroom unit in Adams County. The National Low Income Housing Coalition’s “Out of Reach 2009” report indicates that a person needs to earn $35,640 annually, or needs to work 94 hours a week at minimum wage in order to afford a two-bedroom apartment in Adams County.

One major study on homelessness found that 80-85% of the people who enter the homelessness service delivery system, i.e. shelters receive one or two services, exit homelessness, and do not return. The remaining individuals are designated as episodically (5-10%) or chronically (10%) homeless. They use more than half the resources in the homelessness service delivery system. Chronically homeless individuals are disproportionately costly to taxpayers. The costs to the system include emergency medical care, incarceration and shelter. The costs of lost potential, especially for children, can be much harder to quantify and are much longer term. For example, 25% of homeless children lose one full grade level of progress per episode of homelessness. Seventy-five percent (75%) of homeless children have at least one developmental delay and 44% have at least two. Homeless children suffer from one or more major, chronic medical conditions almost twice as often as housed children (16% compared to 9% of the general population).