One Village One Family: Family Resources

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Housing

Neighbor to Neighbor

Neighbor to Neighbor is a local non-profit that has a few different roles.  Their Fort Collins office is located at 1550 Blue Spruce Dr. Ft. Collins, 80524.  They offer services for Fort Collins and Loveland and have offices in both cities and at the Murphy Center.  Details of their services are summarized below.

Community Resource Packet

  • This packet, which can be accessed here, contains information on every resource in Fort Collins and Loveland that offers support and services to those in need.

Larimer County Rental Property Resource Packet

  • This packet, which can be accessed here, provides an overview of some of the rental resources available in Larimer County and is a good starting point for a housing search.

Residential Programs

  • Neighbor to Neighbor owns and maintains its own section 8 housing complexes. Each unit is assigned/attached to a voucher, meaning that individuals do not have to have their own vouchers prior to applying. Wait lists for these units are 1 ½-2 years.  Even though there is a significant wait list, it is a good idea to sign up.  Long-term, it might be a better option than what is available right now right now.  Check out http://www.n2n.org/Pages/Section8Program.php
  • Neighbor to Neighbor also has affordable housing units with considerably shorter wait lists. Individually-held vouchers are accepted at these units, but there are also eligibility criteria, including income requirements.  Check out http://www.n2n.org/Pages/affordableprogram.php for more information.

Housing Search Assistance

  • Neighbor to Neighbor has a Housing Search Assistance Program. They host walk in hours at the Murphy Center for Hope (242 Conifer Street in Fort Collins) Monday-Thursday 9–11:30am and 1–3:30pm.  At these sessions, families (and a member of the Village, if the family wants him/her there) will meet with a HUD-certified Housing Counselor to work on: A personalized action plan, Review of N2N’s rental resource packet, referrals to applicable housing wait list, online housing search, budget counseling, and information about  N2N’s First Month’s Rent Assistance Program (see below).

First Month’s Rent Assistance Program

  • Neighbor to Neighbor’s First Month’s Rent Assistance Program assists homeless and near- homeless households in Larimer County to attain affordable, sustainable housing. N2N may be able to assist with up to $500 toward first month’s rent.
    • Eligibility criteria
      • A family may be eligible for N2N’s first month’s rent assistance program if their income is at least two times (2X) the new rent amount, and they are able to provide N2N with all of the necessary documentation (see below)
    • How to apply
      • In order to determine if a family qualifies for Neighbor to Neighbor’s (N2N) first month’s rent assistance program, the head of household or potential lessee will need to fill out an application and submit the required documentation (see below). N2N recommends that the family applies at least 5 business days prior to the move-in date.
    • Required documentation
      • S. Government issued ID
      • Verification that the family is about to lose their housing or are currently homeless (this may be in the form of a letter from OVOF or the referring agency)
      • One month’s worth of the family’s most recent paystubs and/or other most recent income verification statement (the family’s NET (take-home) household income must be at least 2X the monthly rent)
      • An unsigned lease agreement for the family’s new rental; the lease must be a minimum of 6 months.
    • Where to apply
      • N2N has walk in hours at the Murphy Center (242 Conifer Street in Fort Collins) for this application process: Monday through Thursday, 9am–11:30am and 1pm–3:30pm
  • For more information:
    • Neighbor to Neighbor, www.n2n.org
    • 242 Conifer St., Fort Collins, CO 80524
    • (970) 494-9705

Property Management Companies

There are numerous property management companies in Fort Collins.  A complete list of these is available in the Neighbor to Neighbor Rental Property Resource Guide. Generally speaking, applicants can fill out one application and pay one application fee and it is good for at least a few weeks, rather than having to apply for each available unit.  Many property management companies accept housing vouchers, though not all do.  One major benefit of a property management company is that it will possibly have numerous units available and will also track units that will become available soon.

CARE Housing

CARE housing is a local agency that offers affordable housing for low and low-moderate income households.  Check out their website for information on their various properties, application and eligibility requirements.

Fort Collins Housing Authority

The Fort Collins Housing Authority has a variety of programs. They have Section 8 voucher units, affordable housing, project-based vouchers, public housing, and single room occupancy (SRO).  They also offer a variety of resident services programs to support families in creating savings for the future or for future home ownership.  Many of the housing programs with the Fort Collins Housing Authority are full and have active wait lists.  Do not be discouraged by wait lists — it is a great idea to get on as many wait lists as possible.  Even if you secure housing with the support of your Village, opportunities through the Fort Collins Housing Authority might be better long-term options, relative to the short-term rental market

Things to keep in mind:

  • Some of their properties are open to vouchers held by individuals. If a family has a voucher, it might be usable with the FCHA.
  • They have other units with vouchers linked to the property. If a family doesn’t have a voucher, a unit may become available that can support their financial needs.
  • Families can go into the Housing Authority office and fill out an application for housing. Though their front desk staff are not equipped to be housing counselors, they can help the family determine what programs to apply for and can direct them in getting on any appropriate wait lists.

For more information:

  • Fort Collins Housing Authority, www.fchousing.com
  • 1715 West Mountain Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80521
  • (970)-416-2910

Transportation

Car Repair

Vineyard Church of the Rockies

The Vineyard Church of the Rockies offers minor car repair services on the 2nd Saturday of every month to individuals and families who are unable to pay for these services on their own. They do basic work, such as oil changes, break work, tune ups, water pumps, etc.  They are unable to do major work and do not do cosmetic work, only work for transportation.  Those receiving services do not have to be members of the church and do not have to prove income.

If interested, families can call the Vineyard at 970-484-5999 and ask for Robbie Harnden or the Car Care Ministry. Robbie will take their information and then the week before the service day will call to schedule appointments.  Walk-ins are available if time supports.

Transportation Expense Assistance

Christ United Methodist Church

Christ UMC will help those in need with purchasing gasoline once a year for a household that has a current drivers license, current car insurance & current car registration in their name.  These funds (usually $25-$35, depending on gas prices) are dependent upon weekly donations from the congregation.  Please call 970-226-2341 weekdays and speak to their Administrative Assistant, Debbie, before going to the church, located at 301 E. Drake Rd, Ft. Collins, Co 80525.

TANF/Food Stamps

Dedicated Navigator Program:

  • Help for individuals and families who are homeless or low-income to fill out forms and apply for benefits (food assistance, TANF, Medicaid, etc.) for which they may be eligible.
  • How: Walk-in hours are at The Murphy Center for Hope (242 Conifer St. in Fort Collins) M, W, F 9am-11am.  Contact Linda Nuss (970-316-4037) to confirm location and time.

TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) is a federal program that provides monthly cash to qualifying families. Families have to provide documentation of all income and must participate in work related activities, including approved education programs or job skills training, volunteering, job readiness/job search and full or part time employment.  The local TANF office is located at 1501 Blue Spruce Dr, Fort Collins, in the Larimer County Department of Human Services building. They can be emailed at benefits@larimer.org or called at 970-498-6300.  Check out the website at http://www.larimer.org/humanservices/assistance/tanf.htm

Households who are eligible can receive food stamps each month on an electronic debit card. Only food can be purchased with these money, pet food, alcohol, tobacco, paper products and other non-food items cannot be purchased.  Interested participants must apply at the Department of Human Services at 1501 Blue Spruce.

Tax Rebates

City of Fort Collins

The City of Fort Collins offers a rebate to qualified residents for sales tax paid on food during the previous year. The rebate program runs from August 1 through October 31 each year and is designed to assist low income individuals, families, and seniors who live within Fort Collins city limits. Qualification for the rebate is based on annual household income. Qualified applicants may receive $58 per person in their household.

For more information and to apply, visit: http://www.fcgov.com/rebate/pdf/2015-instructions.pdf?1436366635

The City also offers rebates for utilities and rent OR property tax paid during the previous year. These are available to people who are aged 65 years or older, OR who are disabled, AND who meet the income requirements. A Fort Collins resident may qualify only for the food tax rebate, or depending on income, age, and disability status, may qualify for all three rebates.

Utility Assistance

City of Fort Collins

The City of Fort Collins offers rebates for utilities and rent OR property tax paid during the previous year. These are available to people who are aged 65 years or older, OR who are disabled, AND who meet the income requirements. A Fort Collins resident may qualify only for the food tax rebate, or depending on income, age, and disability status, may qualify for all three rebates. For more information and to apply, visit: http://www.fcgov.com/rebate/pdf/2015-instructions.pdf?1436366635

Energy Outreach Colorado

Energy Outreach Colorado’s Homeless to Housing program helps people move from temporary to permanent housing by paying utility bills that are a barrier to establishing utility service in their new home. The purpose of the program is to provide a large amount of assistance – up to $3,000 – to clients so they can move out of homelessness and into housing. Our assistance, in conjunction with ongoing case management, increases the chances that clients will remain in permanent housing for the long term and stay current with household bills. For more information, visit: energyoutreach.org/cash-assistance-resource

Child Care

Families in need of child care assistance can check and/or apply with the following agencies:

Education

The intent of the McKinney Education for Homeless Children & Youth Grant is to remove all educational barriers facing homeless children and youth with emphasis on educational enrollment, attendance and success.  If your child is enrolled in the PSD (and you are homeless), please contact Whitney Reid to determine what benefits that you children might be eligible for under the McKinney Vento program/grant.

  • Whitney Reid, MSW
  • PSD
  • Program Specialist Homeless Education
  • 970-420-9208

Employment

Hand Up Program:

  • Help for individuals who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless throughout the job-search process. Hand Up staff can help with resumes, job leads, interview skills, stress relief, and anything else that may be involved with employment and the journey toward self-sufficiency.
  • How: To learn more about the program and to schedule an appointment, contact Linda Nuss at linda@HomelessGear.org or (970) 316-4037.

Clothing

Homeless Gear Distribution Program:

  • Distribution of supplies (food, basic gear items, blankets, hygiene supplies, children’s clothing, and more) to individuals and families who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless
  • How: Families in the OVOF program can access supplies through Homeless Gear’s Distribution program utilizing the following procedure. Please note that (a) this procedure does not apply to individuals or families who are not a part of the OVOF program and (b) only Village members can initiate supply requests (participating families cannot directly request supplies):
  • Submit (through a village member) a supply request via email to David and Chelsey at info@HomelessGear.org. That request should contain the name of the family that is in need, the supplies requested and the time/date that the family—with at least one Village member present—would like to pick up the items.

Note.  The warehouse is open Monday thru Thursday, 9 AM to 4 PM, so your pick-up time should fall within those time windows. If that is impossible or impractical, please make a note of it in the email. David or Chelsey will arrange a time that works.

  • Either Chelsey or David will respond to each inquiry within 24 hours. They will let the Village team member know if the supply request can be filled and if the specified time/date works.
  • The family is allowed at the Homeless Gear warehouse, but at least one Village member must be present.
  • Families can shop once-per-month per child in the family, and they are generally limited to one of each requested item per child (with some exceptions, e.g. socks, underwear).

Homeless Gear Children in Need Program:

  • Quarterly service events for children and families. Families access various resources and supplies (haircuts, legal advice, resource referrals, clothing, food, books, and more).
  • How: To attend Children in Need, a family needs a voucher.  The family can receive a voucher from (1) their case manager at their referring agency (for example The Matthews House) or (2) their McKinney-Vento liaison from the school district.
  • Children in Need events are held quarterly. For more details about upcoming Children in Need events, go to the Children in Need page on the Homeless Gear website: http://HomelessGear.org/children-in-need/

Mom’s Closet (Wellington)

Mom’s Closet provides clothing, food boxes, household items, and furniture to community members in need.  A photo ID is the only requirement to access services.

  • Phone: 970-568-9803
  • Email: Amy Ostrowski, aostrowski@denrescue.org
  • Hours: Monday 9:30am-3:30pm, Tuesday-Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm, Saturday 8:30am-noon
  • Location: Harvest Farm, 4240 East County Road 66, Wellington, CO 80549

Mary’s Closet (Fort Collins)

Mary’s Closet, located in the basement of Saint Joseph Catholic Church, is a free store that provides clothing and footwear, as well as sample-sized toiletries, toys, and books. A photo ID is the only requirement to access services.

  • Phone:  (970) 482-4148
  • Hours:  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:00am-1:45pm
  • Location: Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 101 N. Howes Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521

Gabriel Project (Fort Collins)

Gabriel Project, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Denver, provides material, spiritual and emotional support to pregnant mothers and parents with small children. Provides access to diapers, wipes, new and gently-used children’s clothes (infant to size 6), blankets, toys, storybooks, personal care items, formula and babyfood.

  • Phone:  (970) 581-8803
  • Hours: Thursday, 2pm to 6pm, Friday 9am to 12pm
  • Location: Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 101 N. Howes Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521

Christ Center Community Church — Outreach Center (Fort Collins)

The Outreach Center at the Christ Center Community Church distributes food, clothing and household items to families in need. Clients must live in the Poudre School District and present social security cards for each person in the household and proof of income sources.

  • Phone:  (970) 223-4442
  • Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM to 11:15 AM
  • Location: Christ Center Community Church, 2700 S. Lemay Avenue, Fort Collins

Food

Food Bank of Larimer County:

Food Bank of Larimer County

Ft. Collins Food Share
1301 Blue Spruce Dr.
Fort Collins, CO
Tuesday – Saturday
9 am – 2 pm

Directions: From Old Town (Mulberry and College) head north on College Avenue approximately 1.5 miles to Conifer Street. Turn right on Conifer Street and then take your second left on Blue Spruce Drive. The Food Bank is the third building on the left.

Homeless Gear Distribution Program:

  • Distribution of supplies (food, basic gear items, blankets, hygiene supplies, children’s clothing, and more) to individuals and families who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless
  • How: Families in the OVOF program can access supplies through Homeless Gear’s Distribution program utilizing the following procedure. Please note that (a) this procedure does not apply to individuals or families who are not a part of the OVOF program and (b) only Village members can initiate supply requests (participating families cannot directly request supplies):
  • Submit (through a village member) a supply request via email to David and Chelsey at info@HomelessGear.org. That request should contain the name of the family that is in need, the supplies requested and the time/date that the family—with at least one Village member present—would like to pick up the items.

Note.  The warehouse is open Monday thru Thursday, 9 AM to 4 PM, so your pick-up time should fall within those time windows. If that is impossible or impractical, please make a note of it in the email. David or Chelsey will arrange a time that works.

  • Either Chelsey or David will respond to each inquiry within 24 hours. They will let the Village team member know if the supply request can be filled and if the specified time/date works.
  • The family is allowed at the Homeless Gear warehouse, but at least one Village member must be present.
  • Families can shop once-per-month per child in the family, and they are generally limited to one of each requested item per child (with some exceptions, e.g. socks, underwear).

Homeless Gear Children in Need Program:

  • Quarterly service events for children and families. Families access various resources and supplies (haircuts, legal advice, resource referrals, clothing, food, books, and more).
  • How: To attend Children in Need, a family needs a voucher.  The family can receive a voucher from (1) their case manager at their referring agency (for example The Matthews House) or (2) their McKinney-Vento liaison from the school district.
  • Children in Need events are held quarterly. For more details about upcoming Children in Need events, go to the Children in Need page on the Homeless Gear website: http://HomelessGear.org/children-in-need/

Christ Center Community Church — Outreach Center (Fort Collins)

The Outreach Center at the Christ Center Community Church distributes food, clothing and household items to families in need. Clients must live in the Poudre School District and present social security cards for each person in the household and proof of income sources.

  • Phone:  (970) 223-4442
  • Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM to 11:15 AM
  • Location: Christ Center Community Church, 2700 S. Lemay Avenue, Fort Collins

Health

Christ Clinic

Christ Clinic offers free medical services Monday evening from 6-9pm.    Appointments can be made by calling 970-481-2390.  This is not a walk-in clinic or urgent care facility, but instead a primary care provider.  Check out their website at www.christclinicfc.org.  The facility is located at Faith Evangelical Free Church at 3920 S. Shields in Fort Collins.

GoodHealthwill:  Medical Equipment & Supplies

Visit our nonprofit health & medical thrift stores!

2003 W. 8th St., Loveland, CO  80537   Ph. 970-624-6002

2611 W. 11th St. Rd., Greeley, CO  80634   Ph.  970-515-6935

Find us online at https://www.Facebook.com/GoodHealthwill

Rocky Mountain Medical Outfitting & Recycling, DBA GoodHealthwill  a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation since 2006     FEIN  #20-4683507

Recreation

The City of Fort Collins offers discounted recreation passes for families who meet the qualifications.  They have three levels of discounted programs and these discounts even allow for free registration into classes and programs offered through the city. Check out http://www.fcgov.com/recreation/reducedfeeprogram.php for more information.  You can print an application from this web site, or can go into the Senior Center, EPIC or the Northside Aztlan Center for an application.

Household Goods

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore offers a $75 voucher for families in need to purchase goods for their homes.  We must provide a letter on the Homeless Gear letterhead stating that the family has need and that they are being referred by us.   Chelsey Mandell, our Development Director, can provide a letter for the family.  Please contact her at chelsey@HomelessGear.org  or at (970) 587-3556.  Once families have this letter in hand, they can go to the ReStore and get the things they need to furnish their new home.

The Vineyard Resource Center

The Vineyard Resource Center offers a variety of goods available for families in need.  They have clothes, hygiene items, a food pantry and some minor household items.  Families need an appointment to shop and have to bring a valid ID and mail or a bill proving that they live in Fort Collins.  Call The Serve 6.8 Resource Center to schedule an appointment at (970) 449-5401 or click here for more information.

Cell Phone

If someone receives any type of government assistance (TANF, food assistance, etc.) he/she qualifies to receive a free cell phone.  A representative from Blue Jay Wireless is available for walk-in appointments from 9:30 AM until 4:00 PM, Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Murphy Center (242 Conifer Street in Fort Collins). It is possible to leave with a phone on the same day of your appointment.

Miscellaneous

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