Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) releases their annual Homeless Assessment Report. In 2016, they reported:
- Nearly 550,000 people are homeless on any given night in the United States.
- Two-thirds stay in emergency shelters or transitional housing, while one-third sleep in an unsheltered location on the street.
- 35% of the homeless population are families with children.
- 22% of the homeless are children under the age of 18.
- 10% of the homeless are veterans.
- Senior homelessness is on the rise, with the amount of homeless seniors expected to increase to 95,000 by 2050.
- Just five states account for half of the homeless population: California (22%), New York (16%), Florida (6%), Texas (4%), and Washington (4%).
- The city with the highest population of homeless people is New York City.
Fortunately, despite these statistics, the trends suggest that shelters and transitional housing programs work. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of people staying in such programs declined by 5%.
THURSDAY, MARCH 23 | 5 PM – 9 PM
SUNDECK ATOP ASPEN MOUNTAIN | $100++
Join us for an evening of dinner, dancing and fundraising at the Sundeck. Aspen chefs will compete for the best chicken wings in town. Entertainment provided by Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and DJ Dylan. Silent and live auctions items will be up for grabs. All proceeds benefit The Aspen Homeless Shelter, Feed My Sheep, Lift-Up and Stepping Stones.
EARLY BIRD PRICING EXTENDED – PURCHASE TICKETS NOW!
4TH ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING @ THE LITTLE NELL
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 | 5 PM – 6 PM | COMPLIMENTARY
News In Brief
Aspen Daily News Staff Report
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Coat and sleeping bag drive
The Aspen Homeless Shelter, in collaboration with J. Crew, is collecting winter coats and sleeping bags for people in need.
Drop off gently used coats or sleeping bags at the J. Crew at the Mountain store, 205 S. Mill St., near the corner of Hopkins, and receive a coupon good for 25 percent off a purchase.
The response to the local coat and bag drive has been so strong that J. Crew increased its coupon from 20-25 percent, which is good until Nov. 19.
“As the Aspen nights get longer and colder, homeless men and women need our help the most,” according to a statement by Vince Savage, executive director of the Aspen Homeless Shelter.
“With the need on the rise this year we hope you reach deep this holiday season and share your precious resources with those who are less fortunate,” it continued.
The shelter is also now accepting cash donations for the upcoming winter season. Checks may be mailed to: Aspen Homeless Shelter, 405 Castle Creek Road, Suite 12, Aspen, 81611.
For more information, call 925-1342.
Winter Coat & Sleeping Bag Drive @
at the Mountain
benefits the Aspen Homeless Shelter
NOW receive 25% off
NOW – November 19
The response to our announcement of our partnership with J.CREW to collect
- gently used coat(s)
- sleeping bag(s)
- donations to the Aspen Homeless Shelter
has been so strong and so positive that J.CREW offered to increase its discount from 20% off your total purchase to 25% off!
Thank you J.CREW!
As the Aspen nights get longer and colder, homeless men and women need our help the most. Aspen knows how to support a worthy cause, and the Aspen Homeless Shelter is very grateful for the support we have received over the years.
With the need on the rise this year we hope you reach deep this holiday season and share your precious resources with those who are less fortunate!
Please make a donation now for the upcoming winter season!
With sincere gratitude,
Dr. Vince Savage, Executive Director, Aspen Homeless Shelter
AT THE MOUNTAIN, 205 S MILL STREET
benefits Aspen Homeless Shelter
participants receive 20% off
We are looking to the upcoming holiday season with much gratitude including our newly forged partnership with J. Crew at the Mountain to provide much needed winter coats and operating funds for the upcoming winter season to help local homeless men and women make it through the coldest months.
Bring in your gently worn coat(s) or make a donation to the Aspen Homeless Shelter’s fund raising drive and receive 20% off your total purchase. All coats and contributions will go directly to the Aspen Homeless Shelter.
The Shelter operates on a bare-bones budget, relying on in-kind donations (such as coats) as well as monetary donations for general operating expenses. With partnerships such as these, we are able to raise awareness about homelessness right here in Aspen as well as provide the crucial basics to the most vulnerable members of our community.
Are there REALLY homeless people in Aspen?
In short…YES! Believe it or not, there are over 150 unique individuals we serve per year. We received nearly 8,500 visits last year from homeless individuals for meals, showers, laundry, job searches, general assistance and overnight stays. This year we see the numbers rising! AHS offers a Day Center 365 days a year and the overnight shelter operates during the coldest months of the year.
Who are they?
Most of our clients are locals, born in Aspen Valley Hospital, graduated from Aspen High School, or people who have lived here for decades and fallen on hard times. Each person that is cared for saves our community important resources in unnecessary emergency room visits, law enforcement interventions, and other emergency measures.
The Aspen community knows how to rally and support a cause and the Homeless Shelter is very grateful for the support we have received over the years. We hope you reach deep this holiday season and share your precious resources with those who are less fortunate!
With deep gratitude,
Dr. Vince Savage, Executive Director, Aspen Homeless Shelter
A BENEFIT FOR THE ASPEN HOMELESS SHELTER
THURSDAY, AUGUST 25 | 6 PM | $95++ |
AJAX TAVERN PATIO
Join us for a BBQ competition and community fundraiser featuring talented chefs from Aspen’s top restaurants. Each chef will showcase their best BBQ and let you be the judge. Admission includes food, drinks and dancing. As a benefit for the Aspen Homeless Shelter, all profits and live and silent auction proceeds will go directly to the organization. View full menu.
Meet The BBQ Cook-Off Chefs:
Chefs Jim Butchart & Andrew Helsley – Aspen Skiing Company Lamb
Chef Keith Theodore – element 47 – Bison
Chef JD Baldridge – Ajax Tavern – Pork
Chef Rob Zack – Hotel Jerome – Beef
Chef Jeff Casagrande – bb’s – Pork
Chef Barclay Dodge – Bosq – Duck
Chef Taylor Wolters – Rustique – Pork
Chef Will Nolan – Eight K – Pork
Chef Jake Burkhardt – Aspen Kitchen – Lamb
Private tables for $5000++ are available for up to 8 people, including wine, family style dinner service and tableside visits from the participating chefs. Purchase your tickets now.
The Aspen Homeless Shelter’s mission is to keep people alive, safe and fed while they are homeless. Each person that is cared for saves our community important resources in unnecessary emergency room visits, law enforcement interventions, and other emergency measures. Year-round, AHS offers a day center with amenities most take for granted, such as showers, phones and food, and also provides job counseling and case management.
The Little Nell is hosting a benefit dinner for the Aspen Homeless Shelter on Saturday, May 14 with food from Biju’s Little Curry Shop of Denver.
Guests are May Selby from The Little Nell Hotel, Vince Savage of the Aspen Homeless Shelter and Rabbi David Segal.