Although numbers and statistics can be perceived as an impersonal way to represent so many unique individuals, they tell a powerful story all their own. The data gathered from each shelter season is essential to our ability to assess need, and shows us the gaps in local and regional services. It also serves as a marker for our quality of care. Below is a snapshot of the previous seasons.
Keep in mind, as many of these statistics are self reported, the presence of mental, physical, and substance use related issues are almost certainly underrepresented. What these numbers do show is that many who utilize our services are highly vulnerable. This further reinforces the need for behavior-based, low barrier facilities that allow those who may not be sober to have access to basic human rights, including shelter, food, and safety.
During the 2017-2018 season, we served 172 individuals. Some guests stayed for only one night, while others stayed each night from November 1st-April 30th. Due to capacity, we turned someone away approximately 32 times each month.
24% of our guests were women
44% of our guests are considered particularly vulnerable based on their age:
18% of our guests are youth
27% are over fifty
23% have a physical disability
12% have a developmental disability
26% have a chronic health condition
64% of our guests are navigating mental health concerns
36% are survivors of domestic violence
19% of our guests are navigating mental health concerns and also struggle with both alcohol and substance use