Homelessness Facts & Statistics

From January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014, ACCESS Housing provided the following emergency shelter, homeless prevention, transitional housing and other family support services to 1,352 families comprised of 4,089 adults and children. The following is a summary of the services that were provided through the agency’s core programs:

Family Shelter Program

The program provides short-term shelter for up to 90 days for families with children in on-site private apartment units. To ensure the immediate safety of children and their families, we collaborate with hotels and the Adams County Cold Weather Care Program to provide emergency shelter while we help secure housing that is more permanent. Program services also include case management, food, clothing, personal hygiene products, household furnishings and transportation assistance. Adult family members receive job services, adult education and weekly life skills training.

2014 Objectives:

  • 50 families with children will reside in the agency’s shelter facility for up to 60 days.
    • Progress: 45 families spent 30 to 90 days in our family shelter facility.
  • 100 families will receive hotel vouchers for up to seven nights of safe shelter.
    • Progress: 78 households received hotel vouchers for two (2) to seven (7) nights of safe emergency shelter.
  • 1,000 families will receive crisis intervention support; resource information and linkages to community partners.
    • Progress: 1,074 families consisting of 3,192 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.

Emergency Shelter Housing Outcomes:

  • Three (3) families were enrolled into the agency’s Family Shelter Program;
  • Four (4) families were directly enrolled into the agency’s Home Again Family Support Program and received transitional housing supportive services.

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. ACCESS Housing also owns 27 units of housing for low-income families and plans to acquire additional units over the next ten years.

2014 Objectives:

  • 80 families will receive transitional housing supportive services including case management and approximately $380,000 in financial assistance.
    • Progress: 87 families received $285,070. in rent and deposit assistance. In addition, they also received $6,250 for transportation, health care and education expenses through transitional housing supportive services.
  • 70 families will receive case management and approximately $150,000 in financial assistance to prevent homelessness.
    • Progress: 93 families received case management, family advocacy and $91,750 in financial assistance for rent, legal matters, identification and birth certificates, transportation, utility, food and home repair expenses in order to prevent homelessness.

Transitional Housing Outcomes

  • Fourteen (14) families transitioned from homelessness to either permanent subsidized housing and/or low-income rental housing or to non-subsidized rental housing.

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.

2014 Objectives:

  • 50 adults will secure or retain jobs with wages of more than $10.00 per hour.
    • Progress: Sixty (60) adults secured or retained jobs with wages of $10.00 to $22.00 per hour. Another 41 secured or retained jobs with wages of $4.25 to $9.50 per hour
  • 25 adults will participate in GED preparation courses.
    • Progress: 62 adult family members have participated in GED preparation courses.
    • Fifty-two (52) unduplicated adults participated in life skills workshops.

Agency In-kind Donations and Volunteers:

2014 Objectives:

  • 200 families will receive $20,000 in food, clothing, furnishings and holiday gifts.
    • Progress: Over 180 households received over $121,000* in food, clothing, furnishings and holiday gifts. (*ACCESS received a generous donation of clothing and sporting goods from SportsFan.)
  • ACCESS will receive $20,000 in contributed volunteer hours.
    • Progress: ACCESS volunteers generated over $18,000 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).