About Housing First Initiative

Homeward 2020 seeks to produce actionable and accessible community-level data on the issue of homelessness. With that data, we can better identify and implement solutions for people experiencing homelessness.

As part of this effort, Homeward 2020 and Homeless Gear partnered to create the Homeless Gear Housing First Initiative (HFI), a two-year pilot project based at the Murphy Center. HFI collects and reports data on persons experiencing homelessness in Fort Collins for six months or longer, pilots housing first solutions through local partnerships, and provides intensive case management to transition participants from homelessness to housing.


HFI Online Dashboard: Addressing Long-Term Homelessness in Fort Collins

Housing First Initiative Data Dashboard

The HFI data dashboard is an interactive, data analysis tool updated monthly to help us monitor our progress housing persons experiencing long-term homelessness in Fort Collins.

HFI Quarterly Reports

HFI Quarterly reports share local data and housing first learning experiences, highlight new partnerships, and identify trends and gaps. The reports highlight data from the HFI dashboard, as well as provide local community context and real client stories behind the data.

Housing First Initiative 2018 Q1 Report

HFI Media

Go, G. (Sept 12, 2017). Fort Collins discusses new Housing First Initiative to address homelessness. Rocky Mountain Collegian. www.collegian.com.

Duggan, K. (Sept 17, 2017). Housing First takes aim at Fort Collins’ chronic homelessness. Coloradoan. www.coloradoan.com.

HFI Data Definitions

HFI Reports and data dashboard do not represent everyone who is homeless in Fort Collins. The data includes individuals who are homeless in Fort Collins for six months or longer.

HFI’s definition of “long-term” homelessness is different than the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) definition of chronic homelessness.

Data collection and verification is coordinated among several collaborating agencies including Homeless Gear, Catholic Charities, Fort Collins Rescue Mission, Outreach Fort Collins, Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement System, and other agencies at the Murphy Center and in the community.