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Social Sustainability

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.

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2015 Human Relations Awards

The City of Fort Collins Human Relations Commission will honor recipients of the 2015 Human Relations Award at a ceremony on Tuesday, December 1. Recipients were chosen for their promotion of acceptance and diversity in Fort Collins. 
Also on December 1, Mayor Wade Troxell will declare December 10 International Human Rights Day in Fort Collins.
To find out who is receiving the award, read the full press release.  


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Looking For Development Partners

The City has issued a request for proposals to develop the land bank parcel located on West Horsetooth Road. To view the RFP, register here
This is the first Land Bank Program parcel to be offered for development. With the need for affordable housing at an all-time high, activating this asset from the Land Bank Program will produce needed housing units.
For more information, see the following documents:


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Mayor Troxell Participating in Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

Mayor Wade Troxell has signed onto the 2015 Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, a federal initiative calling for mayors to commit to ending veteran homelessness in their cities.Troxell is one of 681 mayors and 854 leaders nationwide to commit to the challenge. Learn more here.

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Affordable Housing Strategic Plan

The final 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 .
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.

New Land Bank Study

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 .

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Social Sustainability Year in Review

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.

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Housing Affordability Policy Study

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.

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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.

Social Sustainability

Physical Address: 321 Maple Street | Fort Collins, CO 80521
Mailing Address: PO Box 580 | Fort Collins, CO 80522-0580
Phone: 970-221-6734