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1 Homeless Populations Ofc. B.P.Corrado, CSPD School Resource Officer Palmer High School

2 Your perceptions?

3 Homelessness is… Defined in the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence or their primary residence is one of the following: ▫A temporary place for people about to be institutionalized ▫Any place not meant for regular sleeping accommodation by humans ▫A supervised temporary shelter

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5 How Many? National Alliance to End Homelessness study ▫2011 (using data from ) ▫656,129 homeless people in the United States 15,268 of those reside in Colorado 4% increase from 2008 to homeless per 10,000 residents Source: of-homelessness-in-america of-homelessness-in-america-2011

6 Local Population 360,890 permanent residents in Colorado Springs More than 300 homeless in the City

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8 Local Impact Since June 2008, more than 500 “camps” on public land adjacent to recreational trails and creek beds. According to Homeward Pikes Peak, the average cost to support a single homeless person for police, fire, and medical services is $54,000 each year.

9 Why is there a Homeless Population?

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11 Social situations ▫Home ▫Relationship

12 Economic situations ▫Employment ▫Finances ▫Insurance

13 Psychological situations ▫Un(der) diagnosed ▫Unmedicated

14 Choice? ▫Resources ▫Counseling

15 What works? Studies have shown that it takes an average of 75 contacts per chronic homeless person before they may consider making a change in their life. ▫Employment ▫Services and Referrals

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17 What happens when services fail?

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19 Enforcement Camping on public property prohibited: ▫ For public land areas (Enforced by HOT per policy) Camping restrictions: ▫ (Used for city parks ) Alcoholic beverages (in Parks): ▫

20 Enforcement (Cont’d) Littering prohibited: ▫ Possession of unsealed alcoholic beverages: ▫ Solicitation Prohibited (Aggressive): ▫

21 Enforcement (Cont’d) Solicitation on or near street or highway: ▫ Trespass on private property: ▫ New City Ordinance ▫What did we vote for?

22 What can you do? Read your handout Do your own research Have a plan National Alliance to End Homelessness ▫www.endhomelessness.orgwww.endhomelessness.org

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