|100,000 Homes Campaign reports Denver’s Road Home on track to end chronic and vulnerable homelessness
The 100,000 Homes Campaign, a national initiative of Community Solutions, announced that Denver’s Road Home is one of just 15 communities in the country that is measurably on track to end chronic and vulnerable homelessness.
A community must consistently move 2.5% of its chronic and medically vulnerable homeless neighbors into permanent housing each month to be considered on track to addressing this need. Over the past four months, Denver’s Road Home in partnership with the Denver Street Outreach Collaborative (DSOC) and multiple service providers has connected an average of 10 chronic or vulnerable people, or 3 percent, a month to housing. Since 2005, the inception of Denver’s Road Home, the DSOC has housed a total of 1,992 people; 438 of those individuals have been housed over the past 2 ½ years, since forming a partnership with the 100,000 Homes Campaign.
The DSOC identifies a chronic or vulnerable homeless person for housing by using the Vulnerability Index, a tool for identifying and prioritizing the street homeless population for housing according to the fragility of their health and the length of time on the streets.
“For the past two years, Denver’s Road Home has worked closely with the 100,000 Homes Campaign to identify chronic and vulnerable homeless men and women and link them to housing and support services that enable them to live a life off the streets,” Bennie Milliner, executive director of Denver’s Road Home says. “We continue to make positive strides to helping our most vulnerable population, while also serving homeless families and children during tough economic times.”
Exceeding the 2.5% mark is a difficult and noteworthy accomplishment that proves that Denver is not just talking about ending homelessness, but actually doing it. Chronic and vulnerable homeless people are often the most difficult to house as well as the most at risk for dying on the streets. Their homelessness also costs public systems far more than the straightforward cost of permanent supportive housing.
Consistently moving at least 2.5% of our chronic and vulnerable homeless neighbors into permanent housing each month Denver’s Road Home and its partners to help end chronic and vulnerable homelessness by finding housing for those who currently meet the definition of chronic and/or vulnerable homelessness as well as those who are projected to enter the ranks of chronic and vulnerable homelessness through 2015.
Through its participation in the 100,000 Homes Campaign, Denver’s Road Home is teaching and learning from the best performing communities in the country so that each community can all end homelessness together. All participating communities work to identify each of their homeless neighbors by name and prioritize the most chronic and vulnerable among them for rapid, permanent housing.
“Housing at least 2.5% of your chronic and vulnerable homeless neighbors every month is the difference between talking about ending homelessness and actually doing it. The communities hitting this mark are some of the best in the country, and we are relying on their leadership and expertise to help more communities get on track to end homelessness,” said Becky Kanis, Director of the 100,000 Homes Campaign.
The national list of communities on track to end chronic/vulnerable homelessness includes:
- Arlington County, VA
- Bellflower, CA
- Bergen County, NJ
- Charlotte, NC
- Chattanooga, TN
- Denver, CO
- North Hollywood/Sun Valley, CA
- Omaha, NE
- Philadelphia, PA
- Portland, OR
- Richmond, VA
- Shreveport/Bossier, LA
- Silverlake, CA
- Tulsa, OK
- Whittier, CA