Homelessness in Ada County
The number of those experiencing homelessness changes all the time. The best way to ascertain this figure is to triangulate three data points. Here is what we know:
- In May 2017, the CoC launched coordinated entry. In its first year, Our Path Home conducted assessments with 674 households. That number has since grown well beyond 1,000 completed assessments. About 200 families with children and 400 single adults (or couples without children) are on the queue at any given time.
- Every year, the CoC conducts a one-night count of anyone we can find (in shelter or on the street) experiencing homelessness in Ada County. Since 2009, this number is in the range of 675-875 people, from a low of 694 in 2013 to a high of 872 in 2010.
- In calendar year 2017, the CoC’s Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS) documented 2,072 people having had experienced homelessness over the course of the year.
Emergency shelter provides a safe place to stay for persons facing a housing crisis who would otherwise be living on the street. Entry into the emergency shelter system should be low barrier and anti-discriminatory. Shelter services should focus on those necessary to secure housing. The length of stay in shelter should be as short as possible and the exit to permanent housing as fast as possible.