Every year, the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative conducts a Point-in-Time study (in conjunction with local service providers, including The Gathering Place) to estimate the number of individuals who are experiencing homelessness in the seven county Metro Denver area. On January 27, 2014, they counted 5,812 individuals experiencing homelessness and 2,230 people at-risk for homelessness. In Denver county, 36% of respondents were women and 43% of the "households" were families with children. Additionally, 24% of the individuals surveyed were newly homeless, meaning they have been homeless less than a year and this is their first time to experience homelessness.
And though the number of homeless individuals living in our city is staggering, thousands more are existing one paycheck away from homelessness, struggling to make ends meet as they grapple with decisions such as choosing between buying groceries or paying the utility bills.
As Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, their children, and transgender individuals experiencing poverty or homelessness, The Gathering Place provides a variety of programs and services those who enter our doors.
For Yadira, The Gathering Place has been a source of community and essential resources for both her and her children. For Alicia, The Gathering Place has been the supportive relationships that helped her obtain permanent shelter. And for Berda, The Gathering Place offered a chance to obtain a GED and fulfill a lifelong dream.
We invite you to join our community and to partner with us as we endeavor to support women and their children in Denver who are experiencing poverty or homelessness. Together, we can make a difference.
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