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.
Your Input Requested--Public Hearing March 8
The Social Sustainability Department is hosting a Public Hearing to educate and gather input on funds that are distributed to human service (nonprofits) and affordable housing providers through the annual Competitive Process. Funds come from federal sources—Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Program—as well as City sources including the Affordable Housing Fund, Human Service Program, and Keep Fort Collins Great. At the Public Hearing you can learn more about how funds have been used in the past and what organizations have applied for funding in FY18. The City is especially seeking input from community members who are part of a legally protected class (such as racial or ethnic minorities and female heads of households), have a disability, have limited English proficiency, or who are language-isolated. Read the full Public Notice. Questions? Email ZHRqYWxrZW5zQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==.
Thursday, March 8
Community Room 2
Old Town Library
201 Peterson Street
Annual Community Assessment
Each year the City completes a report to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on use of funds called the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER), and HUD provides the City with an Annual Community Assessment. The Assessment summarizes the review of the CAPER and tells how the City is doing in terms of following through on the goals outlined in the Consolidated Plan (5-year strategic plan), leveraging funds, and compliance with Fair Housing regulations. In the Assessment of FY16, it is noted that the City is “making strides in addressing its community development needs by providing decent affordable housing and creating a suitable living environment during its 2016 program year.”
We Are Fort Collins
The City’s new ‘We are Fort Collins’ multilingual banners are one of the ways the City is working on our commitment to celebrate diversity and support an inclusive community, where all of our residents and visitors feel valued. The banners are built around the linguistic diversity within Fort Collins and include the 13 languages most spoken here as well as two Native American languages to acknowledge the ancestral language and place name of the area.
New Process for Private Activity Bonds
Private Activity Bonds can be used to leverage funding programs for the development of Affordable Housing. Because this tool is becoming more popular, the City is moving from a first come first served process to an application process for the assignment or issuance of this tax exempt bond capacity. See attached Full Private Activity Bond Finance Policy. Applications must be submitted by March 15th and shall include the following elements:
- Request letter describing project and providing applicant’s contact information
- Amount requested
- Bond counsel contact information
- Description of applicant’s local projects and history of operations
- Number of years doing business in the State of Colorado and a Certificate of Good Standing from the Secretary of State’s office
- Description of assets to be purchased or constructed
- Explanation of how the project aligns with City objectives
- Number of housing units and target demographics
- Statement from bond council that project is eligible for Private Activity Bonds
- Additional information is required to issue bonds rather than assigning bond capacity.
For more information, Contact Sue Beck-Ferkiss at c2JlY2tmZXJraXNzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== or 221-6753.
Emergency Weather Shelter Plan
Winter Shelter Information
Last winter, many community partners, including the City of Fort Collins Social Sustainability department, piloted a 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. This program will be active from November 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018.
Homeless Resource Guide
Updated December 2017
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.
2017 Human Relations Commission Awards
Community Trust Resolution Analysis Report
City staff and community stakeholders are in the process of reviewing the Community Trust Resolution as well as additional steps around how to communicate updates, policies and resources to the community. There will be a second community meeting announced shortly that will focus on gathering feedback on outreach plans and additional steps.
Read the Analysis Report. Read the Memo.
Full Spanish translation available below:
Reporte de una Resolución de Confianza en la Comunidad
Land Bank Property Development
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:
Land Bank Properties, existing Affordable Housing, and existing Mobile Home Communities