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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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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 and comment 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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Multicultural Community Retreat

Register now for the Multicultural Community Retreat, hosted by Social Sustainability. Learn about cross-cultural impacts, develop your cultural proficiency, and become inspired to take action on behalf of our community's well-being. September 18-19. Space is limited, scholarships are available. Learn more and register at To register by phone or in person, please contact Janet Freeman at 970-221-6758 or stop by the Social Sustainability office at 321 Maple Street (cash or check only for in-person).

Affordable Housing Strategic Plan

The City of Fort Collins will host public forums July 29 and 30 to gather community input on a proposed draft of a five-year strategic plan to increase housing options that are affordable.

A draft plan will be presented at the meetings:

  • July 29: 6-8 p.m., Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., Community Room
  • July 30: 4-6 p.m., 215 N. Mason, Community Room

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 Council work session here.

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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

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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