We allocate federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and local City of Fort Collins funding to housing and human service agencies to meet the needs of low and moderate income citizens; and implement policies promoting and supporting self-sufficiency for low-income citizens. To the right you will find links providing information about our staff team, programs, resources, and current news.Hot Topics
September 18-19, 2015 the City of Fort Collins is co-hosting a full two-day retreat at Colorado State University Mountain Campus. Retreat starts at 9am Friday and ends at 4pm Saturday. Participants will learn about cross-cultural impacts, develop cultural proficiency and become inspired to take action on behalf of our community's well-being. Co-hosts include Colorado State University, Front Range Community College, Fort Collins Community Action Network (FCCAN), and community members.
Registration closed August 15. For those who registered, payment is due by 9/1/15 and can be accessed at: http://www.fcgov.com/recreator/. To be added to our interest list for future Multicultural Retreats, please email Janet Freeman at .
Each year, the City of Fort Collins gives a progress report on federal funds used for affordable housing and human services programs and activities. During a public hearing on Thursday, September 17, 1:00 p.m., at the Social Sustainability Department, 321 Maple St., the City will review the program year wrapping up and preview the one ahead. Read the full public hearing notice.
City Council will be discussing the Land Bank Program at a Work Session on September 8. Read the consultant report to see if you agree with their recommendations. Submit your comments by emailing Sue Beck-Ferkiss at or call her at 221-6753.
Strategic Plan Review
Social Sustainability is developing a strategic plan that will guide future program, policy and funding decisions. The draft plan is available for your review here. Outreach includes public review, presentations to boards and commissions, and a Superboard meeting July 29. Council will consider the plan for adoption October 20. Submit your comments about the draft plan to Social Sustainability by emailing .
The Social Sustainability department helps ensure Fort Collins is a diverse and equitable community that successfully meets the basic needs of all residents. The department spent 2014 determining gaps in social services in our community, studying housing affordability, and initiating a new five-year strategic plan that will give direction to the department’s focus, funding and partnerships.
Read more in our 2014 Year in Review.
A newly revised draft of the 2015-2019 Affordable Housing Strategic Plan is now available. The City invites your comments and questions. Feel free to leave comments here or email the project managers directly: Sue Beck-Ferkiss or Clay Frickey .
An opportunity for public comment will also be available at the September 3 meeting of the Affordable Housing Board. The meeting starts at 4:00 in the Council Information Center at City Hall, 300 W. Laporte.
This matter will be considered by City Council on October 6, 2015.
The Affordable Housing Strategic Plan is updated every five years to reflect more current community needs and to create an action plan to address housing priorities. Needs identified in the plan will drive City funding decisions and inform housing-related policy decisions.
Learn more about the Plan by viewing slides from the presentation at the most recent public outreach events here.
Social Sustainability Partner Spotlight: Homeward 2020
Homeward 2020 is an assembly of community and agency leaders working in support of the 10 Year Plan to make homelessness in Fort Collins rare, short lived and non-recurring through a housing first approach. Homeward 2020 provides community leadership by serving as a convener, catalyst, data driver, and advocate and through the collective expertise and experience of its members. To learn more, visit the website at homeward2020.org.
City consultants have prepared a Housing Affordability Policy Study, which explores creative solutions and tools that would create housing opportunities for all. Consultants are Denver-based Economic & Planning Systems Inc.
Contact Sue Beck-Ferkiss, Social Sustainability Specialist, , 970-221-6753 for more info.
Social Sustainability Gaps Analysis
The City of Fort Collins commissioned the Gaps Analysis as part of its initiative to build a cohesive, coordinated approach to community sustainability across City departments. This report will help support the Social Sustainability Strategic Plan development by providing a quantitative and qualitative assessment of supportive service gaps in the community. It is intended to provide a summary of current trends in the Fort Collins community, related to various components of social sustainability, including housing, homelessness, poverty, health, wellness, education, diversity, and the needs of special populations. The report also highlights many different programs and initiatives of the City of Fort Collins and other local organizations working to address these trends and community needs. Read the full report here.
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