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.
The Fort Collins City Council on June 6 awarded $4 million in federal and City dollars to affordable housing providers and nonprofit agencies that provide childcare services, programs to support people with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, food programs, self-sufficiency programs and more.
Funds originate from two federal programs including the Community Development Block Grant program, and HOME Investment Partnership program, and through the City’s General Fund and Keep Fort Collins Great.
The City received 45 housing, public facility and public service applications totaling $4.5 million. A majority of the $4 million awarded (74%) went to housing and public facility projects. The full list is available with the June 6 Council packet available on the City Clerk’s website.
The City’s Social Sustainability Department assists with financial support for housing and human services and serves as a convener and collaborator as part of its Strategic Plan. Learn more about the competitive process and the City’s recent human service and housing funding history here.
We've made some promises on how we'll spend federal money for affordable housing and community development projects and activities for the coming year. Specifics are contained in the FY17 Annual Action Plan, which must be approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). With final funding amounts recently received from HUD, we are extending the 30-day public review period through July 28. A Public Hearing will be held June 22 at the Old Town Library. For details, read the full public notice. Read the draft Plan here.
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.
This winter, many community partners, including the City of Fort Collins Social Sustainability department, piloted a new program called Safe Place to Rest, which developed community-based sheltering sites and a volunteer base under one community-wide program umbrella. Safe Place to Rest is modeled after the 30-year successful Room in the Inn in Nashville, Tennessee. In its first year, the project engaged 64 volunteers who covered 250 shifts providing 1,250 hours of service. More than 120 guests were served and 557 shelter beds were provided. A recent celebration gave thanks to the many volunteers who made this pilot a success.
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.
The City, State, and Federal governments have different ways of handling complaints. Learn more here.
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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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.
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.
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:
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.
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: