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The 2021 Stand Down.

The Situation

13% – The rise in the number of homeless residents in Colorado (2015 to 2016)
24% – The rise in number of homeless veterans in Colorado (2015 to 2016)
$20,000 – The cost to taxpayers per homeless person per year to leave them on the streets instead of helping them find housing
$5,000,000 – The total estimated cost to enforce decriminalization of homelessness in Colorado (2010 to 2014)

The Response

The El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition (EPCHVC) conducts an annual one-day “Stand Down” to assist homeless veterans. It is followed by a multi-day Transitional Housing Initiative (THI) to assist homeless veterans and their families. In addition, the EPCHVC provides year round monetary assistance to Veterans in need through the Homeless Prevention Program (HPP).
 
Homeless Prevention Program (HPP)
The EPCHVC provides year round temporary emergency assistance assistance to Veterans and their families who might be experiencing extreme monetary difficulties from sudden, unexpected but temporary life challenges.
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Annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans
The EPCHVC, along with many of our partnership organizations like The Veterans Administration, Rocky Mountain Human Services, The American Legion, Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, Salvation Army, Red Cross & The VFW, provide both direct assistance and facilitate avenues of support to needy, at risk and homeless veterans. This assistance and support include providing homeless veterans clothing and all veterans services such as shelter or housing referral, Veterans Affairs benefits counseling, Social Security benefits counseling, job search support, substance abuse services, haircuts, flu shots, dental exams, foot exams, animal services, assistance obtaining DD-214 military service discharge documents and providing referral connections to appropriate counseling or mental hygiene.
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Transitional Housing Initiative (THI)
The EPCHVC attempts to identify homeless veteran family for a Transitional Housing Initiative (THI) specifically designed to immediately take a homeless veteran family unit off the street, remove several major barriers to improving the family unit’s living conditions and get the family unit into safe housing situation where they can be together as a family. EPCHVC provides the homeless veteran family a safe and secure place to stay, including meals, transportation, assistance with navigating supporting agencies, and mentoring.
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The table below provides the statistics of veteran and family members served by the various EPCHVC programs over the past five years.

Stand Down 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Needy and Homeless Veterans Served 101 169 176 198 196
Transitional Housing Initiative (THI) 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Homeless Veteran Families Served 0 10 1 10 15
Individuals Served (children) 0 10 (4) 29 (14) 21 (7) 36 (14)
Homeless Veteran Family Units Housed 0 9 10 10 8
Success Rate – Family Units 0 90% 91% 100% 54%
Individuals Housed (children) 0 9 (4) 28 (14) 21 (7) 27 (14)
Days of Housing 0 550 416 255 391
Meals Served 0 1024 1169 600 1080
Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP) 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Needy Veterans Assisted 34 31 18


 

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