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Public Comment Needed on Housing that's Affordable, Other Social Gaps in Study

Released on Monday, March 3, 2014

The City is still accepting comments online on the Social Sustainability Gaps Analysis.

Initial findings reveal housing that is affordable as one of the gaps in social sustainability services provided in the community.

The study assesses needs in the community and how the City could be involved in closing those gaps. Seven major target areas are addressed: Housing, Homelessness, Poverty, Health and Wellness, Education and At-Risk Youth, Diversity and Equity, and Targeted Populations (including Seniors, Persons with Disabilities, Veterans, Victims of Domestic Violence). 

Among the primary gaps, according to the initial findings:

  • An estimated 8,800 renter households earning less than $25,000 a year cannot find rentals that meet their affordability needs. As many as 1,500 are on wait lists for housing assistance.
  • As many as 100 residents are chronically homeless and 1,000 children experience homelessness during the school year.
  • More than half of residents who are poor and many who are homeless are employed, but do not earn enough to afford housing costs or to live about the poverty line.

Consultants leading the project were Denver-based BBC Research & Consulting and Clarion Associates in Fort Collins. Read the full 133-page report or comment online at fcgov.com/socialsustainability.

Contact
  • Emily Wilmsen Public Relations Coordinator 970-221-6870 Website