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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.

Human Relations Awards Nominations

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Do you know someone who is a shining example of acceptance and respect? Each year the Human Relations Award recognizes those in our community who promote acceptance and respect for diversity in the city of Fort Collins.
Awardees are recognized at the annual reception. Learn more and complete the online nomination form. Call 970.221.6752 or email aHJjQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== with questions. 

What's better than a coupon? MONEY

Starting August 1, low-income residents may be eligible for a rebate of sales tax paid on food. Residents who qualify can receive $59 per person per household. Seniors (65+) and disabled residents may also receive additional assistance with rebates on utilities and property tax or rent paid in 2015. Qualifications include living in Fort Collins from January 2015 to present day, and an annual household income that does not exceed 50% of the area median income.
Visit or call 970-416-2304 to see if you qualify and to fill out an application. All applications must be received by October 31, 2016


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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Social Sustainability Strategic Plan

Social Sustainability has completed a strategic plan that will guide future program, policy and funding decisions. The plan is available here. Outreach has included public review, presentations to boards and commissions, and a Superboard meeting. Submit your comments about the plan to Social Sustainability by emailing ZHRqYWxrZW5zQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==.

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

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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.

Special Agency Session

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Andrea Little recently joined the Social Sustainability team as the Special Agency Session Resource Specialist supporting Municipal Court. Special Agency Session assists people with quality of life violations (municipal misdemeanors), who are also experiencing homelessness, to avoid the traditional court process of fines or jail time. Andrea meets with participants to create self-driven goals for positive life improvements, and partners with local service providers to help meet client needs. This non-traditional approach benefits the community and participants by reducing jailing costs, reducing administration costs for unpaid fines, and offering a hand up to community members in need.


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.

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:

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:


Regional Conversation on Housing

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Mayor Wade Troxell, Mayor Pro-Tem Gerry Horak and Fort Collins Chief Sustainability Officer Jackie Kozak Thiel participated in the February 26 regional panel discussion on housing affordability—co-sponsored by the City of Fort Collins Social Sustainability department and the Fort Collins Board of Realtors—that included representatives from Greeley, Loveland, Windsor and Berthoud. Realtors, business leaders, elected officials and others began a conversation about how to address increasing housing costs and wages that aren’t keeping pace. About 120 people attended the event, which organizers said is just the beginning of a long-term dialogue.

View the slide presentation here.

Mayor Troxell Participating in Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

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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.

Affordable Housing Strategic Plan

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The final draft of the 2015-2019 Affordable Housing Strategic Plan is now available. Contact Sue Beck-Ferkiss c2JlY2tmZXJraXNzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== or Clay Frickey Y2ZyaWNrZXlAZmNnb3YuY29t with comments and questions.
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.

Housing Affordability Policy Study

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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, c2JlY2tmZXJraXNzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==, 970-221-6753 for more info.

Social Sustainability Gaps Analysis

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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.