Larimer and Weld counties have been designated a Continuum of Care by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, opening a path for enhancing programs that assist people experiencing homelessness.
Announcement of the designation came in a press release from the office of Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. Gardner also announced that Colorado will receive $31.8 million in HUD grants through its Continuum of Care program.
A Continuum of Care, or CoC, is a local or regional planning body that coordinates the funding and delivery of housing and services for people experiencing homelessness in its service area.
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The Northern Colorado CoC will be the state’s fourth. The others cover metro Denver, Colorado Springs, and the balance of the state. Northern Colorado has been part of the balance of the state CoC, which is designated to receive $3 million in HUD grants.
Agencies within the region currently receive about $1 million a year in funding. More funding through the HUD designation could bring a “sea change” for service providers, David Rout told the Coloradoan last year. Rout is executive director of Homeward Alliance, which coordinates a variety of programs and services addressing homelessness.
How the Continuum of Care designation might affect the city’s direction in pursuing a campus for services is not known, Julie Brewen, executive director of Housing Catalyst, told the Coloradoan last year.
“The CoC will help to provide increased permanent housing resources to those most vulnerable across Larimer and Weld counties,” Melanie Falvo Woolman, director of community impact at United Way of Weld County, said in a Tuesday press release.
“All agencies involved in the CoC and their clients will greatly benefit. This would not have happened without the support of Senator Gardner and the many nonprofit partners that have worked to achieve this accomplishment over the last several years.”
The Northern Colorado CoC will register with HUD in March, Falvo Woolman said in an email to the Coloradoan.
Kevin Duggan is a senior columnist and reporter. The Coloradoan continues its series “Seeking Shelter,” which investigates plans for citywide homeless services, in 2020. A digital subscription supports that work: Coloradoan.com/subscribe.
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