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 Homeward Alliance partnered to create the Housing First Initiative (HFI), a two-year data and discovery project based at the Murphy Center. From June 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019, HFI collected and reported data on persons experiencing homelessness in Fort Collins for six months or longer. The project also developed and tested ‘housing first’ solutions through local partnerships, and supported intensive case management to transition participants from homelessness to homes.
The project regularly reported on system gaps and community-wide solutions Fort Collins leaders and stakeholders could address and implement to assist efforts to end homelessness in the community.
The program is now sustained as Housing First Services at Homeward Alliance.
Community Dashboard: Addressing Long-Term Homelessness in Fort Collins
The HFI data dashboard reflecting system and population data on long-term homelessness in Fort Collins is an interactive, data analysis tool was updated quarterly to help us monitor our progress housing persons experiencing long-term homelessness in Fort Collins as well identify trends of inflow and outflow over time.
Regular, compelling HFI reporting aims to create broad involvement in solutions to move our most vulnerable community members into stable housing. The data and experiences of the HFI project are key to community-wide engagement and investment in solutions together.
Housing First Initiative Year One Annual Report (inc. April – June 2018)
Duggan, K. (September 9, 2018). Data on homelessness sheds light on solutions. Coloradoan. www.coloradoan.com
Ye, S. (September 5, 2018.) Housing First Initiative presents comprehensive data for next steps. Rocky Mountain Collegian. www.collegian.com.
Health District of Northern Larimer County’s “Community at Work” KRFC radio program, April 19, 2018. Update on Homeward 2020, the think-tank guiding implementation of Fort Collins’ 10-year Plan to make homelessness rare, short-lived and non-recurring. Guests were Homeward 2020 Director Holly LeMasurier, Marla Cleary, the director of the Housing First Initiative that collects data on long-term homelessness in the city, and Jess Fear, the Health District’s Community Impact Team liaison for building intensive care teams for people experiencing chronic homelessness. Sound Cloud file here.
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.