On April 19, the Affordable Housing team toured two new housing sites in Loveland.
The Housing Authority of the City of Loveland just opened The Edge, a 70 unit community in east Loveland built to provide affordable housing to working families, including a separate 10 unit building for veterans. Victims of the 2012 High Park fire and the 2013 are prioritized into the development. There are five residential buildings as well as a clubhouse, community garden, and playground. The program operates on the Housing First model: housing plus support.
Alternatives to Violence is a new transitional housing facility for domestic violence victims. Housed in a former hospital, it has 4 units, kitchen facilities, support services, and a secure fence surrounding it. The program provides a stable place to live, counseling to recover from the trauma of abuse, and case management to help them become self-sufficient and emotionally strong. They may stay in the transitional living program for up to one year. A financial literacy program, funded by the Allstate Foundation, is provided to all participants who want it.
On May 10, we toured three facilities for the homeless in Fort Collins.
Catholic Charities provides emergency assistance (e.g. utility assistance, bus tokens); meals (83,000 lunches/year, 365 days/year); Gabriel House helps pregnant women & families; Samaritan House Homeless Shelter serves men, women, & children; & Senior Services serves low-income seniors in their homes with home visits, case management, etc. It is a “dry” shelter; for overnight shelter, clients check in at 6 pm & return at 10 pm for the night; they leave at 7 am. Some clients are selected to stay for their extended stay shelter.
The Rescue Mission is a “wet” shelter; clients are not tested for drugs/alcohol; they serve single men & single women – no families; very cramped space; they serve breakfast & dinner every day; some working clients are selected for their long-term program and can stay 3-4 months; clients check in at 6:30 – 7 & return at 10 pm for the night. If the shelters are full during severe winter weather, several churches offer emergency shelter.
Faith Family Hospitality offers a day shelter (Mennonite Church) where families can eat meals & stay during the day; only families with children are eligible; families rotate through some 30 churches, checking in at 5 pm & leaving the next morning at 7 am; church volunteers offer dinner & breakfast; average length of stay is 3-4 months; parent(s) have to be working on goals, saving money, & trying to find housing.