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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.

April is Fair Housing Month

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Mayor Wade Troxell proclaimed April 2017 Fair Housing Month in honor of the 49th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.
Troxell presented the proclamation to the Fort Collins Board of Realtors for their coordinated, inclusive efforts to promote access and opportunity for home ownership. The partnership affirms the City’s dedication to fair housing.
The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale and rental of housing based on sex, national origin, familial status, race, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, color, creed, or marital status.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has also declared this year’s Fair Housing theme, “Fair Housing Equals Opportunity.” In addition to the Fair Housing Act, discriminatory housing practices are also prohibited by Colorado state law and Fort Collins city ordinance. To learn more about Fort Collins’ commitment to fair housing, visit


The Recommendations Are In!

Each year, the City of Fort Collins receives about $1.5 million in federal funds for affordable housing, and community development and human services programs and projects. The City also annually invests nearly $1.3 million towards these community goals. A citizen commission reviews proposals and makes recommendations to forward to City Council for its final funding awards decision. As part of that process, during a 30-day period (April 17-May 16), community members have a chance to comment on the recommendations. There is also a Public Hearing as part of the City Council meeting the evening of May 16th. Read the full notice in English and espanol, and review the recommendations.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Some recommended funding amounts are preliminary and subject to change based on final HUD funding allocated. There will be an additional Public Notice, sharing opportunity for public comment during the 30-day review of the Draft FY17 Annual Action Plan. Stay tuned to this webpage for any information changes. Please contact Heidi Phelps, aHBoZWxwc0BmY2dvdi5jb20=, 970-221-6757 with questions.


HUD's FY15 Annual Community Assessment

Spotlight image: HUD's FY15 Annual Community Assessment

The City of Fort Collins receives funds annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for affordable housing and other community development activities. HUD provides a corresponding review of our progress using those funds. For the last federal Program Year completed (FY15), we performed to standards on all major benchmarks. Read the full Annual Community Assessment. Any questions or comments can be directed to Heidi Phelps, aHBoZWxwc0BmY2dvdi5jb20=, 970-221-6757.

New Homeless Resource Guide

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The Homeless Resource Guide provides a list and map of resources available including: shelters, meals, warming centers, healthcare, employment, etc. Click the link above to view the guide.

Do you feel you’ve been discriminated against?

The City, State, and Federal governments have different ways of handling complaints. Learn more here.

Need shelter during the winter?

Click here for more information about homeless shelters and services in Fort Collins. 
The Emergency Weather Shelter Plan may be activated during severe weather throughout the winter. When the Plan is activated, additional options for overnight shelter are secured and community resources maximized to support those seeking shelter. The Emergency Weather Shelter Plan is not currently activated. 

Need Help?

The Department of Social Sustainability does not provide direct services. If you are in need of immediate assistance for housing and/or income-related issues, please call United Way 211, or visit the following pages for more information on community programs offering assistance:
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Agencies We Serve

City Discounts & Rebates

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The City of Fort Collins is committed to a high-quality, safe community with equal access to services. As part of that mission of providing exceptional service for an exceptional community, the City offers numerous discounts, rebates, and services for qualifying citizens—including a grocery tax rebate, reduced fees for Recreation classes, free indoor air quality assessments, and many more. Click here for eligibility requirements.

Dealing with Difficult Behaviors

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How do you know the difference between inconsiderate and unlawful activities? How do we serve those in need while making sure Fort Collins is a safe place to live, work, and play for everyone? Here’s a quick guide to city ordinances and social services.


City of Fort Collins and Partners: Reducing Homelessness in Our Community

Spotlight image: City of Fort Collins and Partners: Reducing Homelessness in Our Community

The City of Fort Collins works closely with its partners to reduce homelessness in the community, but is not a direct service provider. Read a fact sheet about the City's role. For more information about addressing homelessness in the community, go to Homeward 2020.

Homeless Shelter Monthly Data

Our community has two primary homeless shelter providers—Catholic Charities and Fort Collins Rescue Mission. The City works closely with them, particularly for overflow shelter during the cold winter months. To read a monthly report of the use of both shelters, see below:
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Mayor Troxell Participating in Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

Spotlight image: 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.

Land Bank Property Development

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The City of Fort Collins is working with the Fort Collins Housing Authority to build an affordable housing development on a City Land Bank property on West Horsetooth Road.
The City selected the Housing Authority after issuing a request for proposals to develop the parcel located on West Horsetooth Road. 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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