A nationwide study of homeless children published last year found that Colorado has a relatively high number of homeless children; the National Center on Family Homelessness’ report “America’s Youngest Outcasts” ranked Colorado 35 out of 50 (states) in this category.
The Coalition’s Family Support Services Program provides a wide range of critical services including shelter placement; 24 months of service-enriched transitional housing; children’s programs designed to promote healthy physical, emotional, educational and social growth; and Welfare-to-Work programs.
In 2011, the Family Unification Program helped 165 families, making a positive difference for 500 parents and children.
A 2011 Point-in-Time count conducted by the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative found that families with children make up the majority of the homeless population with the trend highest among people who are newly homeless. Of the 11,377 people who were homeless on Jan. 24, 2011, 62 percent were in households with children.