Statement from Mayor John Hickenlooper Regarding Progress of Denver’s Road Home

Statement from Mayor John Hickenlooper Regarding Progress of Denver’s Road Home

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Marlena Fernández Berkowitz or Sarah Moss, 720-865-9016

                       

Statement from Mayor John Hickenlooper

Regarding Progress of Denver’s Road Home

As Reflected by Today’s Release of a 2007 Statewide Homeless Count Survey

 

DENVERMayor John Hickenlooper offered the following comments regarding the progress of Denver’s efforts to end homelessness in light of today’s release of the 2007 Colorado Statewide Winter Homeless Count Survey by the Colorado Division of Housing, the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI) and Mile High United Way.  

 

“We are pleased to report that our analysis of the Denver-specific portion of the survey reflects an 11 percent decrease in overall homeless counted in Denver and a 36 percent decrease in the count of chronic homeless in Denver since we began implementing Denver’s Road Home in 2005 with services and accountability. We are on track for accomplishing our initial goal of reducing chronic homelessness by 75 percent by 2010 and ending homelessness altogether in ten years. The numbers are yet another strong indicator that our plan to end homelessness is working in getting people off the streets and into lives of stability and self-sufficiency.”

 

Noting that homelessness is a regional issue, Hickenlooper added, Denver as a community has made great strides in our work to ensure Denver’s homeless people have the tools they need to live life off the streets. We have been talking with city and county officials around the metro area and stand ready to help them institute similar plans if they choose to do so.”

 

MDHI counted 4,444 homeless in Denver in 2005 and 3,954 this year. The count of chronic homeless dropped from 942 in 2005 to 602 this year.

 

Overview of Overall Homelessness and Chronic Homelessness

(City & County of Denver)

 

 

2005*

2007

Percent Change

Overall Homelessness

4,444

3,954

-11%

Chronic Homelessness

942

602

-36%

 

*Implementation of Denver’s Road Home began.

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Posted on Jun 13, 2007 (Archive on Aug 12, 2007)
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