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Colorado Counts: Statewide Vulnerability Index

For more information, please check out www.coloradocounts.org.


Colorado Counts, Communities working to house Coloradans in need. Made possible by a grant from British Petroleum America and support from Community Solutions and the 100,000 Homes Campaign, Colorado Counts is Colorado's effort to actively seek out and interview those who are or at risk of becoming homeless through Community Solutions' Vulnerability Index. We will be able to understand their housing and health needs. Our intent is to connect those identified as most vulnerable to needed services within their communities.

The VI has proven itself nationwide as an effective tool to address homelessness. For more information about the VI, please see 100,000 Homes. The VI helps to clarify demand, as well as identify those who are most vulnerable. Here in Colorado, we have seen the VI be used in Fort Collins, by Homeward 2020, and in Denver, by Denver's Road Home. Both have had success in identifying the most vulnerable homeless, and setting a path towards mobilizing local partners to provide housing and services.

While still using the standard VI tool that identifies life threatening health issues, we have added new questions that will let us identify vulnerability caused by:

  • Behaviors or circumstances which jeopardize health, life and/or housing;
  • At-risk for system involvement; and
  • Frequent user of emergency services.


After conducting the VI, we will be able to determine those most vulnerable, and then connect them to local resources. Colorado Counts is about making sure that all vulnerable Coloradans matter.


In 2012, we have identified the following regions to participate in Colorado Counts:

  • Mesa County
  • Five County Southwest Region (Archuleta, Delores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan Counties)
  • Tri County Region (Eagle, Garfield, and Pitkin Counties)
  • El Paso County
  • Pueblo County
  • Metropolitan Denver

For an overview of Colorado Counts, please see our Colorado Counts 2012 Overview.
For more information, please contact us at info@coloradocounts.org.
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