Estimating Youth Homelessness in Denver, Colorado from 2017-2021: A Capture-Recapture Analysis

Accurate estimates of youth experiencing homelessness are unknown. Capture-recapture can estimate the unknown population of people experiencing homelessness — those not accessing services. This session will explore a multi-sample, capture-recapture analysis using three citywide datasets linked at the individual-level to estimate the prevalence of homelessness in Denver among individuals ages 14-17 from 2017-2021. Those estimates are nearly four times those using direct estimation (i.e., Point-In-Time) and increased by 146% from 2017 to 2021.

Speakers: Matthew Westfall, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Elysia Clemens; Joshua Barocas

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Categories: Children, Youth & Families, Clinical Practice, Homeless Services, Special Populations
Tags: 2024 National HCH Conference
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