Scope of homelessness in Westminster

Homelessness Update to City Council Spring 2019

Homelessness Report to City Council Autumn 2018

2017 Those Without Homes Report

National and regional counts

The Metro Denver Homeless Initiative conducts an annual census as part of a national Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requirement. 

The census, known as the Point in Time, is of those who are living outdoors, in shelters, in cars, or in areas not intended for human habitation for the entire seven-county Denver metro region on a single night every January. It's impossible to connect with everyone living in such scattered conditions, therefore the count is based on those in shelters.  

Point in Time Counts of Homelessness by County:

Year Adams County Jefferson County Total
2016 200 439 639
2017 157 394 551
2018  466 577       1,043

 

Based on the population percentage of  the City of Westminster in each county, on any given night, Westminster likely has close to 100 individuals meeting the HUD definition of homelessness 

By School District:

During the 2017-18 school year – the most recent available -- the three school districts serving Westminster identified the following number of  students meeting the Department of Education’s definition of homelessness.

School District Number of Homeless Students Total Number of Students Percentage of Homeless Students
Adams Twelve Five-Star 1,885 38,870 4.8%
Jefferson County 3,058 86,347 3.5%
Westminster Public Schools 912 9,441 9.7%

 

This is a total of 5,855 pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade students meeting the Department of Education’s homeless definition in the three school districts serving Westminster. The city’s portion, based on manual counts from the districts, is a little over 1,000 homeless public school students. However, for the most part, there is at least one guardian and often a younger than school-age child or older sibling who has been pulled out of school. This demonstrates another known likely undercount.