Together
We can make homelessness
Rare, Short-lived and Non-Recurring

Homeward 2020 is a collaborative, strategic think-tank guiding implementation of Fort Collins’ 10-Year Plan to Make Homelessness Rare, Short-Lived and Non-Recurring by setting priorities, developing alignment and action plans, and suggesting policy.

Since 2010, our plan focuses on the community’s shared goals to build capacity and drive overall system performance including:

  • Develop data to understand the challenges of homelessness in our community and inform efforts.
  • Identify and develop needed housing and support resources.
  • Streamline housing and support access and constantly improve for best outcomes.
  • Enhance homeless prevention and housing retention efforts.

Homeward 2020 4 Roles Within Our Community

Catalyst

We bring the community together to ignite action.

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Convener

We learn and strategize together.

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Advocate

We advocate for an efficient and effective system.

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Data Driven

We collect and share data to improve understanding and outcomes.

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At the end of the day, we’re just like everyone else. We want to be safe but we don’t have a door to lock. We want to know our things aren’t going to be stolen, we want to know that no one will hurt us.

John, Currently Homeless

For me, the Point-in-Time Count is personal and professional—it shows me what the homeless face every day. And it gives me a real picture of what happens when a community doesn’t provide veterans with productive options to better their lives.

Maggie Walsh, Assistant Chief of Staff, Director Veteran Initiatives, CSU

Our goal is simple and straightforward, we want to strengthen and support the wellbeing of our residents while ensuring a safe community for everyone.

Jeff Mihelich, Deputy City Manager, City of Fort Collins

I first became homeless because I lost my job and couldn't pay rent. Now I have part-time jobs, and work every day of the week. But rent is still too high for me to find a place.  

Trent, Currently Homeless

How do you “rebuild” a life that you never even had? I talked with men & women who moved from foster care or broken families to the street. There’s so much they’ve never had a chance to learn.  

Tina, Point in Time Count volunteer

People judge me for being homeless, and then assume I can’t take care of my dog. So many times I’ve seen people freak out over a homeless dog and completely ignore me.  

Jacob, Currently Homeless

I’m not homeless, I sleep in my car. And, I have temporary construction work. I feel bad for those folks sleeping down by the river. It’s not safe—we could sure use more shelter beds around here.  

Buddy, Living in His Truck