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August 15, 2012
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County launches survey effort on homelessness

Eagle County Health and Human Services is currently participating in a tri-county survey to obtain information on those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness within Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin Counties.

The effort is being conducted as part of the statewide Colorado Counts initiative and the national 100,000 Homes Campaign.

The survey is intended to identify service gaps and to provide baseline data for use in determining resources needed to address those gaps.

"Our goal is to help our residents who are homeless or vulnerable to homelessness become self-sufficient," said Kathy Lyons, Economic Services Director for the county. "To do that, we need to know what their issues and barriers are to stable living situations, not just what we think they are."

Partnering with HHS are Eagle County's Housing Department, Vail Valley Salvation Army and Catholic Charities.

Surveys will be conducted throughout the week, with additional surveys taking place over the next month as service organizations meet with clients.

A debrief will be held this fall to share results of the survey with all interested community members, service organizations and elected officials.

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