Homelessness In Our Community

Measuring Homelessness in Jefferson County

The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count is an annual, unduplicated count of people experiencing homelessness conducted on a single night in January, orchestrated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. While not a perfect system, it is the only nationwide data that tracks and analyzes homelessness year-over-year.

This data is collected on a local, state, and federal level and can be viewed in detail on the Housing and Urban Development Exchange.

Statewide, the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative collates data and supplies reports to the community to help better understand homelessness trends.

Jefferson County Point-in-Time Reports

  • January 24, 2022:  493 people were counted as experiencing homelessness
  • January 30, 2023:  854 people were counted as experiencing homelessness

That represents a 73 percent increase in homelessness in one year.

2023 PIT Report Additional Statistics

  • One in two people was experiencing homelessness for the first time.
  • 29.8 percent were living unsheltered (outdoors, in cars, under bridges, or in another place not meant for human habitation).
  • 223 were families with at least 1 child.
  • 70 were between the ages of 18-24.

Learn more on the 2023 PIT Dashboard (select Jefferson County under “Selected Region”)

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