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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

Federal COVID-19 Response Fund

The City of Fort Collins has received an additional federal allocation of $760,203 in CDBG-CV funding through the CARES Act from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On January 4, 2021 the City will open a new application round for COVID-19 response funding. Funding will be limited to the following public service activities:

  • Services in direct response to COVID-19 that mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic to Low-to Moderate-Income (LMI) residents and prevent them from becoming homeless as a result from the virus.
  • Services that support at- home sheltering for at-risk persons and vulnerable populations. 
  • Emergency shelter and supports for persons experiencing homelessness.
  • Childcare (including elementary remote learning) services that benefit Low-to Moderate-Income (LMI) residents.

COVID-19 Response Fund

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


Fort Collins Equity Indicators Project

Increasing Accountability and Transparency in Local Government

As part of the City's efforts to advance equitable outcomes for all, leading with race, we have selected the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG) to lead our Equity Indicators project and establish a framework for measuring and understanding equality gaps in Fort Collins and how they change over time.

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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.