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Friday, August 9, 2019

City to participate in comprehensive homeless count

The City of Westminster is partnering with Jefferson County; the cities of Arvada, Edgewater, Golden, Lakewood, Westminster and Wheat Ridge; and service providers to conduct the Jefferson County Comprehensive Homeless count during the month of August.

The goal of the project is to count the number of individuals and families experiencing homelessness by surveying people accessing services and through direct outreach where people experiencing homelessness are known to live. The Comprehensive Count will supplement the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s annual Point-In-Time count by expanding to include those who meet other federal definitions of homelessness.

By expanding the definition of homelessness to include people who are doubled-up or “couch-surfing,” or who are living in a hotel without enough money to stay for more than 14 days, services can be designed and policies created to prevent homelessness in Jefferson County and ensure it is short-lived and rare when it does occur.

The Comprehensive Count will be administered by service providers throughout the entire month of August and through street outreach during the week of Aug. 19-23.

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