One Village One Family Helps Three Families Escape Homelessness in One Week


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In Milestone Week, One Village One Family Program Helps Three Families and Six Children Escape Homelessness

Fort Collins, Colorado, September 1, 2016

Homeless Gear’s One Village One Family (OVOF) program helped three families and six children escape homelessness last week, a milestone seven-day period that raised the program’s totals (since inception less than two years ago) to 18 families and 45 children.

The families were referred into OVOF by three agencies—Neighbor to Neighbor, Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) and Salvation Army Loveland—on July 19th, August 1st and August 6th, meaning that none of the families waited more than 38 days to secure housing.

“It was a whirlwind of a week for the One Village One Family program,” said Linda Nuss, Homeless Gear’s Program Director. “Our volunteer teams, or villages, worked tirelessly to help each of the three families get into housing—just as the 15 villages did before them.”

OVOF matches volunteer teams, or villages, with families experiencing homelessness. Each village raises money to help a family get into housing, and then provides that family with six months of support.

The villages for the three most-recently-successful families are comprised of volunteers from Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, the nonprofit community and multiple unaffiliated individuals.


OVOF is one of a small number of rapid rehousing programs in Fort Collins. It was modeled after a similar program in Denver, One Congregation One Family, that was launched out of then-Mayor John Hickenlooper’s office in 2016. Statewide, the program’s offshoots have helped more than 1,000 families escape homelessness.

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