Who We Are

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 facilitates the creation of a sustainable system that delivers efficient and effective processes to find housing and support solutions to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness. Our ongoing community-wide engagement aligns local service providers, government entities, business leadership, faith communities, civic groups, and community effort to understand local homelessness, explore best practices and ideas, and implement local solutions together.

Homeward 2020 was created 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. In 2015, the City of Fort Collins approached Homeward 2020 to take a formal leadership role in issues pertaining to homelessness.

Homeward 2020 is a Community Collaborative, served by Homeward 2020’s Director, dedicated to data-driven and evidence-based best practices, system improvement targets, and measurable outcomes. Collaborative members bring a range of professional, civic and life experience to their passion for Homeward 2020’s mission, strategy, and success.


Members

Christine Kneeland | Community Member, Chair, Founding Member
Dave Edwards | Community Member, Co-Chair, Founding Member
Michael Allen | Chief Executive Officer, SummitStone Health Partners
Annie Davies | President and CEO, United Way of Larimer County
Marcia Davis | Former High School Math teacher/Point In Time Coordinator
Joe Hall | Executive Director, Catholic Charities, Larimer County Region
Ken John | Founder, Homeless Gear
Diane Jones | Former COFC Deputy City Manager, Community Member
Bill Kneeland | Attorney, Founding Member
Jacqueline Kozak-Thiel | Director, COFC Sustainability Services
Matt Robenalt | Executive Director, Downtown Development Authority
David Rout | Executive Director, Homeless Gear, Inc.
Bryan Tribby | Formerly Homeless/Student
Cheryl Zimlich | Executive Director, Bohemian Foundation, Founding Member


Our Director

Holly LeMasurier brings twenty-plus years of facilitating diverse, collaborative, strategic projects and achieving results. She focusses on three intersecting approaches to driving initiatives: Community Capacity-Building & Empowerment, Place-Based Asset Planning, and Opportunity Agendas. At Homeward 2020, Holly will:

  • Develop tactical change, policy and advocacy agendas.
  • Link intersectoral strategic networks for enhanced collaboration.
  • Co-create impactful actions, communications and engagement.
  • Construct meaningful monitoring, evaluation, and reporting tools.

Holly joins Homeward 2020 after most recently serving as project manager of a community project, Safe Place to Rest, developing community-based overnight shelter options for people experiencing homelessness. Prior to that, she served as Director of Community Connections at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. She was formerly the City of Eugene, Oregon Human Rights Analyst, and an invited adjunct faculty of University of Oregon. Holly has a Master’s degree from University of Oregon in Community and Regional Planning, and a Master’s degree in International Studies. She was also an Amnesty International Patrick Stewart Human Rights Award recipient, a Fulbright-Hays recipient, coordinating creation of the Africa is Not a Country project in Ghana, and Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia.