The Current State, Baseline, and Shared Targets
The Current State
|Colorado had the 11th highest rate of homelessness in the United States in 20201, and only 56.7% of high school students experiencing homelessness graduated in 2020.||The percentage of households across the region experiencing higher cost burden has risen over the last ten years2, and low income families with higher cost burden are less likely to spend money on goods and services that impact child development.3||15% of Coloradans, or around 197,000 people, are behind on rent, facing the possibility of eviction4, and the unemployment rate in Colorado is 5.6%- double what it was pre-pandemic.5|
While the challenges around housing security are nothing new, the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated economic conditions around the region and the country that have led to a heightened housing and homelessness crisis. Across the region, wages continue to lag behind the rising cost of housing. Housing costs and demand are rapidly outpacing wage growth and supply not just in Colorado, but across the country.
Community members throughout the region have identified affordable housing as a critical need6. Challenges to housing security have disproportionately impacted certain populations– those who have been most marginalized by systems.
The challenges impacting a person’s housing situation are not contained within the walls of their home. Housing stability has a monumental impact on school and work performance for learners of all ages.
As the pandemic impacted the access and availability of basic need, community members experienced heightened housing insecurity, and critical educational and employment outcomes, such as 3rd grade reading, 8th grade math, and labor force participation fell from pre-COVID levels. In short, housing stability impacts educational outcomes, and educational outcomes impact employment7.
The Partnership has identified housing and education measurements most impacting the economic and social mobility of this region. These metrics, included in the Rocky Mountain Partnership Scorecard, illuminate how the region has been historically trending, what future projections look like, and how the work of the Partnership is improving housing and education outcomes. These baseline data points includes:
- Households experiencing cost-burden when it comes to housing
- Affordable housing units created
- Adults Experiencing Homelessness
- Youth Experiencing Homelessness
- Community Members Experiencing Homelessness (point-in-time)
- Households Experiencing Eviction
- Attainment of a High School Diploma or Equivalent
- Credential Attainment (certificate, 2-year degree, 4-year degree)
- Participation in Registered Apprenticeship Programs
- FAFSA/CAFSA Completion
The Shared Targets
In order to improve educational outcomes for those currently living in affordable housing and increase the number of community members living in safe, affordable, and sustainable housing, the Partnership sets shared targets for their collective work, including:
- By 2025 50% (est. n= 193,000) of adults in Adams and Broomfield Counties will earn a post-high school certificate, credential or degree. This includes eliminating equity gaps between all racial and ethnic groups. (That is an increase of an estimated 45,800 people).
- To learn more about the Partnership’s work to increase the number of community members earning a skill, credential, or degree, click HERE.
- Additional targets are being developed by the Partnership to impact:
- Educational attainment of people currently living in affordable housing
- Availability and access of safe, stable, affordable housing in the region
The Target Populations
The Partnership is committed to supporting ALL community members and eliminating equity gaps for the most marginalized populations. They do this by deploying targeted strategies to meet the unique needs of populations most in need of support.
To date, the Partnership has identified the following initial populations as those experiencing the greatest gaps to earning a skill, credential, or degree:
|Latinx/People of Color||Opportunity Youth (or those who may become Opportunity Youth)||Single Parents|
Work is underway to identify additional populations experiencing unique challenges around housing and education, including those currently living in affordable housing units, to focus collective efforts.
Housing x Education Data Center
The Collective Work Data Center, is the homebase to learn about the data impacting collective work area (including Housing x Education) and insights from community members about their experiences. These Data Centers:
- Illuminate the current state of what is happening around each collective work area and where the additional opportunities for collective action exist
- Measure the impact and progress of collective work and assesses real-time impact of strategies
- Bring to life voice perspective from community members about what they are experiencing
- Map where pubic and private dollars are currently going (and not going)
The Housing x Education Data Dashboard is currently being developed. For information on the outcome-level data the Partnership is working to impact, click HERE.
|Source1: 2020 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report to Congress|
|Source2: Broomfield Housing Needs Assessment Study|
|Source3: Center for Housing Policy
|Source4: Sentinel Colorado|
|Source5: Bureau of Labor Statistics|
|Source6: Adams County Community Needs Assessment|
|Source7: Housing Matters|