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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Homeless in state: 11,890

From the Rocky Mountain News:

The first statewide summertime survey of homelessness in 17 years found 11,890 people living everywhere from emergency shelters in Denver to potato cellars in rural Colorado.

The survey, conducted on Aug. 28 by more than 400 volunteers, provided a one-day snapshot of homelessness, not just in urban areas but in places not traditionally thought of as havens for the homeless.

"We're going to have homeless numbers in communities that didn't think they had homeless," said Kathi Williams, director of the Colorado Division of Housing, which helped coordinate the count along with several other agencies.

The findings released Wednesday are preliminary and contained no data yet on exactly where the homeless were counted. Those figures are expected to be contained in a full report in January.

The preliminary results also found that 75 percent of those surveyed indicated they had been homeless more than once. The survey also found that 60 percent of the homeless were families with children.



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