Homelessness efforts in Weld and Larimer counties will continue after the Northern Colorado Continuum of Care received more than $1.45 million in federal funding.
Homeward Alliance of Larimer County and United Way of Weld County operate the organization, which works alongside more than 40 members to help prevent and reduce homelessness.
The organization says it wants to make “homelessness rare, short-lived and non-recurring” in both counties.
“In our first application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a continuum of care, (we) received funding renewals for a number of ongoing supportive housing projects, vouchers and rental assistance,” Northern Colorado Continuum of Care director Kelli Pryor said in a statement. “We also secured competitive funding for the Homeward Alliance’s regional homelessness data and information system and a new effort that will help house survivors of domestic violence, as jointly offered by United Way and the domestic violence service providers in both counties.
The organization was founded in January 2020, shortly before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. In the first year of its existence, the organization received $1.18 million from HUD and $2.3 million from the state.
The funding is used to help homeless residents find housing and ensure they have the resources they need to avoid contracting COVID.
The continuum of care indicates that hundreds of people have obtained housing through the project.
“This HUD award is the culmination of years of effort that has led to becoming our own continuum of care,” United Way Vice President of Community Impact Melanie Woolman said in a statement. “This is an affirmation of the ability of our providers in Larimer and Weld counties to help those they serve find housing. While not enough to do all the work, the funding will accelerate their efforts. Also, if we continue to perform well, it is likely that HUD will maintain if not increase the amount of resources year after year.
More information about the project and the various supporting members can be found online at NoCoCOC.org.