Learn more about the foundations of our work to co-create a community of responsive housing and community services.
The Homeward 2020 Collaborative supports ongoing implementation of Fort Collins’ 10 Year Plan to make homelessness rare, short-lived and non-recurring. We support the Housing First philosophy and approaches. We seek to obtain accurate, actionable data about our local community. We seek to align community resources to prevent homelessness and to achieve housing stability for people experiencing homelessness in Fort Collins.
Homeward 2020’s 10-Year Plan
The Ten Year Plan outlines our collective effort and key strategies to build a local system to address homelessness in Fort Collins.
A lasting and proven solution to homelessness is permanent housing. Far too often, however, community systems maintain and build up chronic homelessness instead of developing responsive housing options and services to support housing retention. The Housing First approach focuses on ending homelessness by providing safe, stable housing solutions as the first priority for people experiencing homelessness. Once housed and out of day-to-day crisis and survival mode, we can learn much more about a person’s strengths, needs, goals and challenges, and can then help provide effective care and support. Individualized supportive community services, like healthcare, recovery from trauma, or employment searches, can then be effectively provided to help people achieve stability and work toward their personal goals. The basic underlying principle of Housing First is that people are better able to move forward with their lives if they are first housed.
Housing First is an approach that ends both an individual and a community’s experience with homelessness by investing in diverse housing solutions and flexible, responsive services in the community.
Housing First programs across the nation share critical elements:
- A focus on helping individuals and families access permanent housing as quickly as possible;
- A variety of client-driven, flexible supportive services—such as access to medical care, counseling, job training or employment services, and basic life skills—to promote housing stability and individual well-being on an as-needed basis; and
- Access to housing without preconditions, including sobriety, employment, or adequate credit or financial history.
Collaborative data allows Fort Collins to better assess the status of homelessness in Fort Collins and measure progress towards our collective vision. The Point In Time is one slice of a large spectrum of indicators that identify community needs.
John, Currently Homeless
Maggie Walsh, Assistant Chief of Staff, Director Veteran Initiatives, CSU
Jeff Mihelich, Deputy City Manager, City of Fort Collins
Trent, Currently Homeless
Tina, Point in Time Count volunteer
Jacob, Currently Homeless
Buddy, Living in His Truck