Jeffco homeless count to inform services, policy

County seeks volunteers to conduct survey of homeless this August

Staff Report
Posted 7/30/19

With plans to oversee its first Comprehensive Homeless Count in August, Jefferson County is seeking volunteers to conduct surveys at different locations throughout the county. The count will survey …

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Jeffco homeless count to inform services, policy

County seeks volunteers to conduct survey of homeless this August

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With plans to oversee its first Comprehensive Homeless Count in August, Jefferson County is seeking volunteers to conduct surveys at different locations throughout the county.

The count will survey for a broader number of homeless or low-income experiences than the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 24-hour Point-in-Time count does, the county said. The HUD count occurs every year in January and requires communities to determine the number of individuals living shelters in the area.

The August count, run by Jefferson County in partnership with several municipalities, will “paint the full picture of what homelessness looks like in a suburban community where services are scattered and sometimes nonexistent,” the county webpage said.

The results will inform future county decisions around services and policies to prevent homelessness.

Volunteers will visit specified areas in the county to conduct five-minute surveys with individuals experiencing homelessness. Surveying will run from Aug. 19 through 23, with individuals traveling in groups of other volunteers and law enforcement personnel, the webpage said.

The county plans to hold an hourlong training session for each community prior to the survey week. The county has not yet decided the date and location for all sessions but intends to inform volunteers of the information through email, Arvada Section 8 Supervisor Carrie Espinosa said.

Surveying has been divided into morning and afternoon shifts. For more information on volunteering or on the Comprehensive Homeless Count, contact Espinosa at 720.898.7475 or caespinosa@arvada.org.

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