Facts, Figures & Consequences
The following includes links to agencies directly involved in planning, advocating, funding, developing and/or providing low income and affordable housing mainly in Larimer County.|
City of Fort Collins Advance Planning Department/Affordable Housing Programs
These programs include:
- Development incentives for Non- Profit agencies and For- Profit developers in the creation and expansion of low income and
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), which are federal entitlement grant programs for
projects and programs related to affordable housing and community development activities. Approximately 65% of Community Development
Block Grants and 90% of HOME funds are allocated to affordable housing projects and programs.
- Home Buyers Assistance provides down payment assistance to eligible low-income applicants.
- Land Bank program, which acquires vacant properties that are appropriate for future affordable housing development.
The site is jointly sponsored by the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority and the Colorado Division of Housing as a public service
to residents of Colorado. The goals of the site are
- Help Coloradoans find and maintain quality, safe and decent places to live.
- Provide a clearinghouse for affordable housing and related services.
- Facilitate operating efficiencies in the affordable housing market.
Colorado Division of Housing
The Division provides gap financing for construction of new or existing multi-family housing and funding for rehabilitation of owner
occupied housing and down payment assistance for purchase of housing. All beneficiaries of the funding must be low to moderate income
Fort Collins Housing Authority
Just as a house is built upon a solid foundation, the Fort Collins Housing Authority is built upon its mission:
to provide and promote safe and affordable housing, economic opportunity and a living environment free from discrimination.
Fort Collins Housing Authority (FCHA) provides Public Housing, Affordable Housing, Single Room Occupancy and Housing Choice
Voucher certificates. FCHA is assisting over 1700 families in Larimer County.
The Housing Authority of the City of Loveland purchases and rehabilitates foreclosed homes in Loveland and Larimer County
and sells them to eligible purchasers as move-in-ready properties.
Housing Authority of the City of Loveland
The purpose of the Housing Authority of the City of Loveland (HACOL) is to provide low and moderate income residents of Loveland with
opportunities for home and community through housing. The Authority provides public housing, one time rental assistance and
Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8).
Loveland Community Partnership Office
The City of Lovelandís Community Partnership Office oversees the Community Development Block Grant and the Human Services Grant
and is staff liaison to the Affordable Housing Commission and the Human Services Commission. The office cultivates opportunity
for people with lower income through professional and efficient grant programs, proactive community dialogue, and creative solutions
and extraordinary service.
Larimer County Compass Website
The Compass website contains reports, studies and statistics about important social, economic and environmental issues in Larimer County.
In addition, Compass provides links to many additional sources of local and national data.
Larimer Home Improvement Program
The program is administered by the Housing Authority of the City of Loveland and offers low to no interest rate loans to income
qualified families looking to repair or improve their owned homes. The home must be in Larimer County including the City limits of
Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, and Berthoud as well as all the outlying county areas. The program is to be used for health and
safety related repairs, energy efficiency modifications or room additions for overcrowding. Out buildings or cosmetic changes only
are not allowed.
Larimer Homeownership Program
The Larimer Home Ownership Program is administered by the Housing Authority
of the City of Loveland and offers down payment and closing cost assistance
to low and moderate income families purchasing their first home. This program
can be used by a qualified buyer,
purchasing a home in Larimer County including the City limits of Loveland,
Wellington, and Berthoud as well as all the out lying county areas. Qualified
buyers purchasing a home in Fort Collins can contact the City of Fort Collins
Advanced Planning Department concerning
its affordable housing assistance programs at http://www.fcgov.com/affordablehousing/hba.php.
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
For homeless vets or vets at risk of becoming homeless, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
offers a variety of resources, programs, and benefits accessible online, by telephone
(1-877-424-3838), and through the VA MSOC at 2509 Research Blvd., Fort Collins (1-970-224-1550 OR 1-888-481-8828).
Alternatives to Violence
Lovelandís Alternatives to Violence provides counseling, case management, and transitional housing
designed for women with children who have experienced domestic violence. Women and their children may
participate in the ATV Transitional Housing Program for up to two years.
Affordable housing for low income families, including people with disabilities with or without dependents is provided by CARE Housing.
Catholic Charities Ė Larimer County
Catholic Charities helps meet the needs of people experiencing poverty, hunger, and homelessness in Larimer County.
Programs include: The Mission Homeless Shelter on Linden Center Drive in Fort Collins for men, women, and families;
Transitional Housing for Veterans at the Mission; Emergency Assistance at the Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center in Fort
Collins to help with utilities, prescriptions, transportation, and identification; Senior Services at the Sister Mary
Alice Murphy Center in Fort Collins and Loveland in the Maple Tree Terrace Apartments to assist people over 60 years
live independently, and a kitchen and dining room at the Mission that serves lunches seven days a week and breakfasts
on the weekend to anyone in need of a nourishing hot meal.
Colorado Housing Investment Fund Coalition
The Coalition is focused on establishing a statewide housing investment fund with a dedicated and dependable source of public
revenue for the creation and preservation of affordable housing throughout Colorado.
The mission of Crossroads Safehouse is to eradicate domestic violence through education, advocacy support services, and
promotion of social change in the community. Our major objectives are to foster gender equity; shelter and empower the abused;
educate the young and old in schools and in the community; and constantly strive to make domestic violence socially unacceptable
and morally anathema.
Disabled Resource Services
Disabled Resource Services empowers individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum level of independence through
services supporting advocacy, awareness and access to their community.
Faith Family Hospitality
This interfaith program, begun in January 2012, provides temporary housing and support for families facing homelessness
in northern Larimer County. Eighteen faith communities open their buildings and work together to provide overnight housing
& hospitality for up to four families for one week on a rotating basis. Families are screened and referred to the program by
The Murphy Center.
Fort Collins Rescue Mission
We exist to be a hand up not a hand out to the homeless in Northern Colorado. We meet all people at their physical,
spiritual, and emotional point of need in the attempt to assist them in becoming Productive, Self-sufficient Citizens in our
community. Our S2S (Steps to Success) Program is designed to assist in helping this population become productive citizens once again.
Funding Partners for Housing Solutions
Funding Partners offers two main programs:
- Home to Home Ownership Program, which provides down-payment assistance to low-income households.
- Mammel Affordable Housing Loan Fund, which provides housing developers with below market rate, flexible short-term
financing to acquire, renovate and develop affordable housing units.
Habitat for Humanity
Fort Collins Office
Habitat homes are built primarily with donated materials and volunteer labor. Families must be able to pay monthly payments and
contribute 300-500 hours of sweat equity, working on their own homes or other homes.
The mission of Homeless Gear is to collect unwanted outdoor gear, basic outdoor clothing and hygiene products and re-distribute
these items to the homeless. The Children in Need program is directed to homeless
and near homeless children providing essentials to meet basic health and hygiene needs, encourage active participation in school
and to help bolster their self esteem while providing as much normalcy in their lives as possible.
Homelessness Prevention Initiative
The Homelessness Prevention Initiative provides rental assistance to members of our community who face the loss of their
housing through unforeseen emergencies. It provides:
- Cash grants or loans, in the form of a check made out to the landlord.
- Financial guidance.
- Referral to appropriate services.
- Mediation between residents and property owners.
An initiative of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, Homeward 2020 is the structural agency for the community-based
design and implementation of the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness in Fort Collins. Homeward 2020 is a neutral convener,
representative of all sectors and community agencies, focused on homelessness prevention, housing, support services, education
House of Neighborly Service
HNS has three sites: the Loveland office, the Berthoud office, and the 137 Homeless Connection in Loveland. HNS provides
emergency assistance to families and individuals in crises including: food, shelter, prescriptions, utilities, clothing,
transportation, holiday programs, back-to-school supplies, referrals, case management, financial counseling, and parenting classes.
Provides strong and unified voice in support of quality, affordable housing for low and moderate income Coloradoans.
Interfaith Hospitality Network
The Angel House provides shelter, meals and comprehensive case management and mentoring for homeless families with children.
Creating opportunities for positive life change at risk youth ages 16-21 as they make the transition to living on their own,
the Matthews House has five service areas: education, employment, housing, mental and physical health, and life skills.
Neighbor to Neighbor
Neighbor to Neighbor serves the Larimer County community with housing-focused programs and services. With offices in Fort Collins
and Loveland, current services include:
- Renter Program - assists people in housing crisis to identify, secure, and maintain affordable, sustainable rental housing.
Specific services include Rental Counseling, Emergency Rent Assistance and First Monthís Rent Assistance.
- Affordable Housing Program - provides 126 units of safe, decent multi-family housing to low-income renters in 10 communities
in Fort Collins and Loveland.
- Home Ownership Program - supports affordable home ownership with Home Buyer Education, Pre-Purchase Counseling,
Foreclosure Prevention Counseling and Reverse Mortgage Counseling.
- All counseling and education services are free and confidential.
Northern Colorado Aids Project
To improve the quality of life for those affected by HIV/AIDS and reduce the spread of HIV.
Project Self Sufficiency
Project Self-Sufficiency assists low-income single parents in preparing for living wage employment through increased education,
career development, and the removal of barriers to self-sufficiency.
Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center For Hope
The Murphy Center is a resource center for families and individuals who are homeless or on the brink of homelessness. It is a place
for people who are ready to make life changes to overcome their current situation, and who need some help doing so. The mission of the
Murphy Center is to help these families and individuals achieve stability and long-term self-sufficiency.