A Denver homeless advocacy group is seeking hundreds of volunteers to fan out to river banks, underpasses and alleys to find every homeless person living in the metro area in a single day.
Last year, surveyors counted 5,317 homeless people in the Denver metro area, according to a news release from the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative.
This year, surveyors will begin searching for homeless people from sundown on Jan. 28 until sundown Jan. 29, said Diane Howald, community engagement manager for Metro Denver Homeless Initiative, which is organizing the annual Point in Time Survey.
Hundreds of volunteers and agency employees will mobilize across Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties to track down homeless for the survey, she said in the news release.
Metro Denver Homeless Initiative is recruiting volunteers to work alongside service providers, and the agency is seeking financial donations to support the event, Howald said.
The Point in Time survey occurs across the country during the last ten days in January, and is regionally referred to as Everyone Counts. The data is used to inform the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development about the level of need in each community, Howald said.
Most of the homeless live in temporary housing or shelters. But last year, the Denver metro survey found that 1,308 homeless people live in tents, vehicles, parks or underpasses.
Colorado was singled out in a recent federal report for its high number of homeless families with children.
“The Point in Time count helps us understand who is experiencing homelessness in metro Denver. It increases community collaboration, raises awareness, and provides much needed data to create effective programming and services, and pursue additional housing resources,” Rebecca Mayer, interim executive director of Metro Denver Homeless Initiative said in a statement.
Anyone interested in volunteering or donating money can sign up at bit.ly/DenPointInTime.
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