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The Scope of the Problem in Ada County

About 300 families and 350 adult-only households are in the queue at any given time; however, we know the number of households experiencing homelessness is greater. To best estimate that number, we triangulate three data points:

  • Households Entering the System
    In 2020, 695 households entered the system through Our Path Home CONNECT.
  • People Active in Emergency Shelter
    In 2020, 2,149 people (1,924 households) were active in our emergency shelters.
  • Point in Time Count
    Every year, we conduct a one-night count of anyone we can find that is either accessing emergency shelter or spending the night on the street. Since 2009, this number is in the range of 675-875 people, from of low of 694 in 2013, to a high of 872 in 2010. In 2020, we counted 647 people.

Our Path Home Snapshot (2020)

2020 snapshot


This snapshot only includes those that were housed. The numbers in each column do not sum to the total number of individuals served. The waitlist changes daily as situations change, and households exit the waitlist for various reasons.