Homelessness isn’t somebody else’s problem. It is our community issue to address. And Homeward 2020 is one vital aspect of the solution. Homeward 2020 is a local convener, advocate, data-driver, and catalyst for Fort Collins’ Ten Year Plan to make homelessness rare, short-lived, and non-recurring.
Homeward 2020 was created eight years ago as a vision of UniverCity Connections, a community-wide, citizen-driven collaboration initiated in 2005 by the City of Fort Collins, Colorado State University and the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado.
Led by a Board of 15 community professionals and civic stewards, and served by Homeward 2020’s Director, the organization is dedicated to best practices and measurable solutions. Homeward 2020 is led by a dedicated team of community members committed to making homelessness rare, short-lived and non-recurring in Fort Collins. Board members bring a range of professional, civic and life experience to their passion for Homeward 2020’s mission, strategy, and success.
Christine Kneeland | Community Member, Chair, Founding Member
Dave Edwards | Community Member, Co-Chair, Founding Member
Julie Brewen | Chief Executive Officer, Fort Collins Housing Authority
Marcia Davis | Former High School Math teacher/Point In Time Coordinator
Bill Kneeland | Attorney, Founding Member
John Hutto | Fort Collins Chief of Police
Ken John | Founder, Homeless Gear
Diane Jones | Former COFC Deputy City Manager, Community Member
Guy Mendt | Executive Director, Catholic Charities, Larimer County Region
Michael Allen | Chief Executive Officer, SummitStone Health Partners
Matt Robenalt | Executive Director, Downtown Development Authority
Beth Sowder | Director, COFC Office of Social Sustainability
Gordan Thibedeau | President and CEO, United Way of Larimer County, Founding Member
Bryan Tribby | Formerly Homeless/Student
Cheryl Zimlich | Executive Director, Bohemian Foundation, Founding Member
We are neither a funder or independent 501c3, with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado (CFNC) serving as fiduciary agent. In 2008, the City of Fort Collins awarded Homeward 2020 funding to hire our first Director. With a budget of approximately $115,000 per year, funding to date comes primarily from private donations with an annual $25k awarded by the City of Fort Collins.
Fort Collins’ Ten Year Plan –the sole focus of Homeward 2020’s efforts–outlines our collective effort and key strategies to build a local system to address homelessness in Fort Collins. The Mayor of Fort Collins and Fort Collins City Manager were early adopters of the Ten Year Plan generated by Homeward 2020. While Homeward 2020 is not a service provider, it plays four valuable roles within our community’s effort to address homelessness: Advocate, Catalyst, Convener and Data-driver.
Homeward 2020 advocates for the creation of a transferable system that drives an efficient and effective process for the time between identifying people experiencing homelessness who want housing to a solution that meets their needs.
In 2015, the City of Fort Collins approached Homeward 2020 to take a formal leadership role in issues pertaining to homelessness and a partnership contract is currently underway. This partnership and our continued community success affirms our purpose to align local service providers, government entities, business leadership, faith communities, civic groups, and community effort to address homelessness.