Dedicated Navigator Program Helps 312 Households Gain Approval for More than $1.6 Million in Annual Benefits

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Dedicated Navigator Program Helps Record 312 Households Complete 564 Applications for Benefits, Gain Approval for More than $1.6 Million in Annual Assistance during 2016

Fort Collins, Colorado, February 1, 2017

Homeless Gear’s Dedicated Navigator program helped 312 individuals/households complete 564 government-assistance applications—Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Old Age Pension (OAP), Medicaid and Aid for the Needy and Disabled (AND)—and gain approval for $1.67 million in annual benefits in 2016. Each of those totals represents a programmatic record.

Last year marked the first full year in which the program, through a partnership with Larimer County Department of Human Services (DHS), obtained data on both the number of benefits’ applications that gained approval and the dollar-value attached to those approvals. The $1.67 million total represents the potential annual benefit to program participants, based on the dollar-values of the applications that received approval.

“This data is exciting, of course, because it tells us that the people we serve are accessing the support that they need,” said Linda Nuss, Homeless Gear’s Program Director. “But it is also exciting in that it gives us a benchmark we can use to evaluate and refine the program moving forward.”

In 2016, the program helped 189 individuals/households obtain Medicaid, 151 obtain SNAP, seven obtain OAP, 7 obtain TANF and 5 obtain AND.

ABOUT THE DEDICATED NAVIGATOR PROGRAM

The Dedicated Navigator program was launched in 2010 by Sister Mary Alice Murphy and Anne Wilberton. Until the start of 2015, it was run completely by volunteers. Today, Homeless Gear—in coordination with its other programs and its operations at the Murphy Center—manages a team of approximately 15 trained volunteers; those volunteers meet with clients and help them apply for benefits under the Peak Colorado program.

For more information and to get involved, visit http://homelessgear.org/dedicated-navigators/.