Homelessness in Colorado

Homelessness is an issue that affects a wide spectrum of people in Colorado—families, youth, veterans, single adults, children, people living with disabilities, among others. The most recent Colorado Statewide Homeless Person Count published estimated the number of people experiencing homelessness on a single night in the state at 16,203[1]. The same point-in-time count identified approximately 939 people in El Paso County; 148 of whom are homeless youth aged 13-25[2]. Although these numbers represent the most recent research, our experience indicates that the number of youth experiencing homelessness on any given night are much higher if you include youth who are in overcrowded housing, couch surfing, and living in unsafe circumstances because they have nowhere better to go. Obtaining an accurate count of the number of youth experiencing homelessness at any given time in Colorado Springs is very difficult. Youth will often intentionally avoid being identified as “homeless” for fear of being labeled or ostracized by their peers. During the 2011 – 2012 school year, 2,786 students in Preschool through 12th grade were identified as being homeless[3].



[1] University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs (2007) The Colorado Statewide Homeless Count

[2] University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs (2007) The Colorado Statewide Homeless Count

[3] Annie E. Casey Foundation, KIDS COUNT Data Center, http://datacenter.kidscount.org