Homelessness and Housing

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Project Description

Homelessness and housing insecurity is a hot-button issue across the nation and in the Greeley area. The City of Greeley, along with local non-profits, have met since 2020 to discuss ideas for addressing homelessness and affordable housing issues. During this first phase of engagement, we hope to have a dialogue with Greeley and Evans community members to explore ideas and perceptions about homelessness and housing alternatives. Your input will provide Greeley City Council with a comprehensive picture of how the community understands and interacts with this issue.

Progress To-Date

In August 2021, the City released a Request for Proposal for additional research on possible sheltering and housing alternatives. In November 2021, the City finalized a contract with Urbanity Advisors to complete this work. Community Conversations were held in February, April, and May 2022 to gather resident input. Meetings were held virtually and in person. On June 14, a final project report and recommendations were presented to City Council. Recommendations included:
1. Utilize the collective impact framework to coordinate cross-organizational collaboration.

2. Conduct a housing needs assessment.

3. Pursue pre-development research for a service-based campus model approach.

4. Establish a clear understanding of homelessness's risk & protective factors (with collective impact).

5. Establish a user-friendly resource guide for organizations, housed, and un-housed community members (with collective impact).

6. Explore creative temporary solutions.

Based on the recommendations, City staff suggested that a Housing Advisory Council be created to address the collective impact framework and further collaboration efforts. This would include the necessary staffing/resources to support the City’s efforts. Additional action would include:

  • Further consideration of a service-based campus model that can offer several homeless services, sheltering and permanent supportive housing all on one site.
  • Exploration of temporary solutions to fill gaps in services such as safe parking and safe camping.

The City is already working to conduct a housing needs assessment, has begun work with providers to address homelessness's risk and protective factors, and is collaborating on a comprehensive and user-friendly resource guide.

Council members provided feedback on the recommendations and instructed staff to supply further timelines and action steps for implementation at future City Council meetings and in concert with the Strategic Plan update.

Project Description

Homelessness and housing insecurity is a hot-button issue across the nation and in the Greeley area. The City of Greeley, along with local non-profits, have met since 2020 to discuss ideas for addressing homelessness and affordable housing issues. During this first phase of engagement, we hope to have a dialogue with Greeley and Evans community members to explore ideas and perceptions about homelessness and housing alternatives. Your input will provide Greeley City Council with a comprehensive picture of how the community understands and interacts with this issue.

Progress To-Date

In August 2021, the City released a Request for Proposal for additional research on possible sheltering and housing alternatives. In November 2021, the City finalized a contract with Urbanity Advisors to complete this work. Community Conversations were held in February, April, and May 2022 to gather resident input. Meetings were held virtually and in person. On June 14, a final project report and recommendations were presented to City Council. Recommendations included:
1. Utilize the collective impact framework to coordinate cross-organizational collaboration.

2. Conduct a housing needs assessment.

3. Pursue pre-development research for a service-based campus model approach.

4. Establish a clear understanding of homelessness's risk & protective factors (with collective impact).

5. Establish a user-friendly resource guide for organizations, housed, and un-housed community members (with collective impact).

6. Explore creative temporary solutions.

Based on the recommendations, City staff suggested that a Housing Advisory Council be created to address the collective impact framework and further collaboration efforts. This would include the necessary staffing/resources to support the City’s efforts. Additional action would include:

  • Further consideration of a service-based campus model that can offer several homeless services, sheltering and permanent supportive housing all on one site.
  • Exploration of temporary solutions to fill gaps in services such as safe parking and safe camping.

The City is already working to conduct a housing needs assessment, has begun work with providers to address homelessness's risk and protective factors, and is collaborating on a comprehensive and user-friendly resource guide.

Council members provided feedback on the recommendations and instructed staff to supply further timelines and action steps for implementation at future City Council meetings and in concert with the Strategic Plan update.

  • Severe Cold Weather on the Way

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    The National Weather Service issued a winter storm advisory for Wednesday afternoon through the night and a wind chill watch from Wednesday evening through Friday morning.

    Extreme cold weather can pose a danger to your health and safety. Wind chills could reach 55 below zero, which can cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as five minutes.

    City of Greeley officials recommend people stay home if possible. If you need to go outside, remember to limit your time outdoors, take breaks to warm up and dress warmly in several layers of clothing, including a hat and mittens.

    Cold Weather Shelter for Dec. 21-23
    Adults 18 and older can stay warm and safe from extreme weather at United Way’s cold weather shelter, located at 870 28th St., Greeley. Call 970-515-6281 for more information. The Salvation Army will also operate a cold weather shelter, located at 1119 6th St, Greeley.

    Individual women and families can seek overnight shelter at the Guadalupe Community Center, 1442 N 11th Ave., Greeley. Call 970-353-3720 for more information.

    Free Bus Rides
    The Greeley Evans Transit bus system will be free all day on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Find bus routes and times at www.greeleyevanstransit.com or call 970-350-9287.

    Volunteers Needed
    United Way’s Housing Navigation Center needs volunteers on Thursday, December 22, and Friday, December 23, to accommodate additional daytime guests during the extreme cold weather. Register for a 3-hour block of time to help United Way staff clean, serve meals, be available to guests, and to do other volunteer activities. Email Crystal Mendoza (cmendoza@unitedway-weld.org) with questions or register.

    Salvation Army in downtown Greeley needs volunteers for a storm-response cold weather overnight shelter on Wednesday and Thursday, December 21 and 22, from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. Call 970-346-1661 ext 202 to sign up.

    For this storm-related cold weather shelter resources visit this City of Greeley webpage.

  • Greeley's Cold Weather Shelter/Housing Navigation Center Open 7 Days a Week

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    Greeley’s cold weather shelter and housing navigation center is open from Nov. 15-April 15, 2023. The shelter and navigation center is located at 870 28th Street in Greeley at the northwest corner of 8th Avenue and US-34, behind DriveWise. Adults ages 18 and over are welcome. Question? Call 970-515-6281. Families with children/youth should contact the Guadalupe Community Center at 970-353-6433.

    Cold Weather Shelter/Housing Navigation Center Flyer

  • Council Worksession Presentation: October 25

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    On Tuesday, October 25, Assistant City Manager Juliana Kitten and Chief of Police Adam Turk will give a presentation to City Council. The presentation 'Downtown: Safe and Secure Community and Housing for All' will address prevailing themes from resident and business community feedback, including increased criminal activity in the downtown area, and an increased number of persons experiencing homelessness in the downtown area.

    The Council Work session begins at 6:00 p.m. Residents can attend in-person at City Center South, 1001 11th Avenue, or online via Zoom at https://greeleygov.zoom.us/j/94321296765.
    Work sessions do not include public input in any format. Public comment is only permitted at regular City Council meetings on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month.
    Meeting agendas, minutes, and archived videos are available on the City's meeting portal.

  • Full Closure of Lincoln Park Starting Sept. 25

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    The City of Greeley Parks division will close Lincoln Park, located at 800 10th Ave. in downtown Greeley, Sept. 25 through Oct. 31, weather permitting.

    The closure will allow park crews to reseed the grass and complete tree trimming work throughout the park. After the work, periodic watering will be required throughout the day until the new grass is established. The park will remain closed until the grass becomes healthy enough to no longer require additional watering.

    “Previously, crews have spot-treated areas due to high foot traffic and dry seasons,” said Jon Anaya, parks manager. “This year, over sixty percent of the park is in need of seeding and sod. Though inconvenient for visitors, closing the park while we work is much safer and more efficient.”

    To keep Lincoln Park closed for renovations, the fences from the Downtown Development Authority’s Oktobrewfest—Sept. 23-24—will stay in place through this work. Visitors can access the sidewalks around the edges of the park but not the diagonal sidewalks within the park itself. The Portland Loo bathroom, located on the east side of Lincoln Park, will stay available. The Lincoln Park playground will be closed.

    This project is paid for through the culture, parks, and recreation general operating budget.

    To learn more about current and upcoming park projects throughout Greeley, visit greeleygov.com/parks.

  • 2022 Point in Time and Housing Inventory Count

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    The Northern Colorado Continuum of Care (CoC) has released its final report for the 2022 Point in Time and Housing Inventory Count (HIC). The point in time and HIC serve as a snapshot of homelessness in Weld and Larimer counties on one night each year. The final report provides an overview of homelessness data collected this year as well as a year-over-year analysis of trends related to people experiencing homelessness between 2020-2022.

    2022 Final Report

    The report and link to the Point in Time and Housing Inventory Count Data Dashboards are also available on the NoCo CoC website.

  • City Council Presentation: Recommendations for Homelessness and Housing in Greeley

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    City staff and Urbanity Advisors, consultants on the project, will present final recommendations at 6:00 p.m. during the June 14 City Council work session. Council meeting information can be found by visiting the City’s meeting portal online.

  • Community Conversations / Conversacion Comunitaria: May 18 and 19, 2022

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    Open to Everyone / Abierto al público

    This will be the third and final round of community conversations regarding homelessness and housing alternatives in Greeley.

    Wednesday, May 18: In-person at Greeley Recreation Center, 651 10th Avenue
    Thursday, May 19: Virtual meeting via Zoom
    6:00-7:30 p.m.

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