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Social Sustainability

Social Sustainability#

The mission of the Social Sustainability Department is to support a diverse and equitable community that successfully meets the basic needs of all residents. The Social Sustainability Department strives to achieve this mission through programs, policies, and partnerships that provide access and opportunities for all.

COVID-19 Resources & Response#

Shelter Options for Those Experiencing Homelessness

The City has been following the guidance of public health agencies when supporting a community-wide response to the COVID-19 emergency, including for those community members without homes. Physical distancing requirements have reduced capacity at existing shelters, resulting in a need for more space.

Overnight Shelter
Temporary overnight shelters, available for the duration of the winter season, will open in early November.

Day Shelter
Day shelter will be available on inclement weather days only.

Shelter Details

United Way of Larimer County

***Information for Larimer County residents in need of rent, food or utilities assistance.***

Also includes resources for seniors, small business, mental health support, families, unemployment and medical needs, and how to give and/or volunteer during the COVID-19 crisis.

Rent assistance through Neighbor to Neighbor

United Way

Larimer County COVID-19 Information Center

  • Call: 970-498-5500
    • Open Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Text questions: 970-999-1770
    • Response within 4 hours during the day
  • To receive the latest information related to COVID-19 in Larimer County, text the word COVID19LC to 888777.

Dept of Health & Environment

Equity Indicators Report#

The equity indicators report is now available. Staff are currently working on opportunities to share more about the findings, including creating a public-facing dashboard to track progress—you can check back here for updates.

Click here for a one-pager that provides an overview of the project and helps guide interpretation (excerpt below):


The CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG) engaged our community to prioritize which indicators the City should track, a subset of which will be included in a public-facing equity dashboard. All fall in the following 10 categories, with indicators for each listed in the report:

  1. Housing
  2. Economic Opportunity
  3. Education
  4. Criminal Justice & Public Safety
  5. Civic Engagement
  6. Environmental Justice
  7. Services
  8. Public Health
  9. Social Inclusion
  10. Transportation

This initiative evaluated a wide range of data. While some indicator data represent Fort Collins’ population specifically, data were also gathered from partner institutions such as Larimer County, Poudre School District and Health District, and may represent varying geographic areas.

We would like to thank community members who were able to anonymously participate in this process.

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Programs & Projects#

Affordable Housing
The City of Fort Collins believes one of the keys to a healthy community is the ability to house its residents in good quality, affordable housing. The City plays an important role facilitating the supply of affordable housing, including allocating local, state, and federal funding to housing providers, setting policies and regulations, and coordinating with housing developers and initiatives.

Information about childcare options in Fort Collins, and the City's role related to childcare centers and affordable childcare needs.

Equity & Inclusion
Equity and inclusion are frameworks to accomplish the City's goals of sustaining an environment where residents and visitors feel welcomed, safe and valued in the community. We seek to exemplify the highest standards of ethical behavior, provide outstanding service to diverse customer needs, and embody a culture of health, safety and wellness.

Homebuyer Assistance
Information about pay off and subordination of existing Homebuyer Assistance loans and community resources for homeownership and home improvement / emergency assistance. 

The City plays an important role in removing barriers and increasing access to opportunities by addressing the root causes and impacts of poverty and homelessness.

Human Services
The City of Fort Collins assists low-moderate income residents of Fort Collins in the areas of affordable housing and human services. This assistance, allocated via a Competitive Process, comes in the form of grants or loans to local housing agencies and human service providers.