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.

  • First Community Update of 2024 - Thank You for Attending

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    Mayor standing at podium speaking to a room full of people.Thank you to the 140+ residents who attended the January 25 Community Update on Housing and Homelessness.

    For anyone unable to attend or for those that would like to experience the update again, we have provided a video recording below.
    The video includes a presentation by Assistant City Manager Juliana Kitten on successes achieved in Greeley to-date, a video highlighting how the Housing First model is impacting residents in need, and Mayor John Gates introducing the newly formed Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness.


    After the presentation and a short Q&A, attendees visited with 14 community partners around the room who offer resources and services to those in need. Additional Community Updates and opportunities to engage about housing and homelessness will be announced throughout the year.

    For questions, concerns, or comments, please contact Juliana Kitten at juliana.kitten@greeleygov.com(External link) or call 1-806-678-8407.


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  • Community Update Coming January 25, 2024

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    Join us for the first Community Update on Housing and Homelessness of 2024.
    Community Update on Housing and Homelessness
    Thursday, January 25
    5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
    Greeley Recreation Center, Room 101
    651 10th Avenue
    Open to Everyone

    At the meeting, participants will:

    • Learn about the new Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness
    • Hear an update on the City's homeless initiatives
    • Visit with local organizations who offer resources and services to those in need.

    Light refreshments will be served

    RSVP at bit.ly/HomelessSolutionsUpdate

    January 25 will be a very busy night at the Greeley Recreation Center. Parking is available throughout downtown, north of the Double Tree hotel, and south of the Union Colony Civic Center.

    Thank you to these community partners:




  • Cold Weather Shelter Open November 8, 2023

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    United Way's Cold Weather Shelter at the Housing Navigation Center, 870 28th Street (behind DriveWize on 8th Avenue), will be open from November 8, 2023 through April 15, 2024.

    Open 7 days a week.
    Day Shelter (Monday-Friday) 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Overnight Shelter 7 p.m. - 7 a.m.

    Families with children/youth should contact the Guadalupe Community Center at 970-353-6433.

    2023-24 Cold Weather Shelter Flyer - English and Spanish

  • Housing First: Learn Why It Works to End Homelessness

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    On August 17, the City of Greeley’s Housing and Homeless Solutions Department held its second community update on housing and homelessness. The event was titled Housing First: Why This Works to End Homelessness. Dr. Sam Tsemberis presented the Housing First model, which he created. Many places, including Greeley, use this program to help people who are homeless and struggling with mental health issues and addiction. Housing First gives them a place to live immediately and support that focuses on their needs.

    In addition to the workshop, Dr. Tsemberis met with Greeley’s Housing and Homeless Solutions Foundations Team. He also held roundtable discussions with service providers and leadership from local businesses and real estate.

    Watch the full presentation below.


    About the Presenter

    Dr. Tsemberis, Ph.D., is a clinical-community psychologist who originated the “Housing First” model, an evidence based program with a well-documented record for effectively ending homelessness for individuals diagnosed with mental illness and addiction. Housing First programs are successfully implemented across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Dr. Tsemberis has decades of experience in operations, training, and research and currently serves as CEO of the Pathways Housing First Institute, faculty at UCLA Department fo Psychiatry, and Executive Director of the UCLA-VA Center of Excellence for Veterans Homelessness and Recovery. He has published extensively on topics of mental health, addiction, and homelessness and received broad recognition for his work from the American Psychiatric and American Psychological Associations, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and others.

  • Thank You For Attending the May 2023 Community Update

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    Thank you to the 60+ residents who attended the May 22 Community Update on Housing and Homelessness. For anyone unable to attend or for those that would like to experience the update again, we have provided a video recording below. The update includes Greeley results from the Weld County Community Health Survey, information about the Northern Colorado Continuum of Care and the recent Point Time Count, and an update on efforts by the city to address housing and homelessness.

    Community Update on Housing and Homelessness: May 2023 (City of Greeley YouTube Channel)

    For questions, concerns, or comments, please contact Juliana Kitten at juliana.kitten@greeleygov.com or call 1-806-678-8407.

  • Community Update on Housing and Homelessness / Actualización a la comunidad sobre la vivienda y las personas sin hogar - May 22, 2023

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    Join us for a community update on housing and homelessness in Greeley. Hosted by the City of Greeley's Housing Initiatives Department.

    Monday, May 22
    6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
    City Center South, City Council Chambers, 1001 11th Avenue, Greeley

    Open to Everyone
    At the meeting, participants will:

    • Hear an update on the City’s homeless initiatives
    • Learn about Greeley’s new Housing Initiatives Department
    • View results of the 2023 Point in Time Count of unhoused in Greeley
    • Hear about Weld County Department of Public Health’s Community Health Survey
    • Find ways to get involved


    Light refreshments will be served.

    RSVP at bit.ly/3KTsJ7w(External link)

    Unable to attend?
    A video recording of the meeting will be available on the Homeless and Housing Speak Up webpage and on the City's YouTube channel after June 8.


    Únase a nosotros para una actualización de la comunidad sobre vivienda y personas sin hogar en Greeley. Organizado por el Departamento de Iniciativas de Vivienda de la Ciudad de Greeley.

    Lunes, 22 de mayo
    6:00-7:30 pm
    City Center South, City Council Chambers, 1001 11th Avenue, Greeley

    Abierto al público

    En la reunión, los participantes:

    • Escucharán una actualización sobre las iniciativas de la Ciudad acerca de las personas sin hogar
    • Recibirán información sobre el nuevo Departamento de Iniciativas de Vivienda de Greeley
    • Verán los resultados del conteo de 2023 de personas sin hogar en Greeley
    • Escucharán sobre la encuesta de salud comunitaria del Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Weld
    • Encontrarán maneras de involucrarse

    Se servirán refrigerios ligeros.

    Por favor confirme su asistencia utilizando el siguiente

    bit.ly/3KTsJ7w(External link)

    ¿No le será posible asistir?
    Una grabación de video de la reunión estará disponible en la página web de Homeless and Housing Speak Up y en el canal de YouTube de la ciudad después del 8 de junio.



  • Greeley Community Resource Guide

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    With the closure of the Cold Weather Shelter in Greeley on April 15, 2023, the City of Greeley and its partners have put together a Community Resource Guide for those needing assistance. The guide provides information for:

    • Meals and food pantry
    • Showers
    • Laundry
    • Shelter for women
    • Community resource navigation services

    The resource guide is available in English and Spanish.

  • Cold Weather Shelter Closing April 15

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    Greeley's Cold Weather Shelter will be closing on Saturday, April 15. Learn more about the closure and what it means for those looking for resources by watching the below video.

  • Take our One-Question Survey by January 26

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    This survey is now CLOSED. Thank you to the 126 people who took the short survey and shared their thoughts.

    The City of Greeley is applying for a $1.4+ million grant from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) HOME Investment Partnership Program-American Rescue Plan Program (HOME-ARP). To do so, a HOME-ARP Allocation Plan must be submitted to HUD. Responses to the one-question survey will be used as part of the Allocation Plan.

    Please click the survey tab above and be sure to submit your answers by Thursday, January 26, 2023.

  • Volunteers and Donations Needed

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    Let's Make Everyone Count!
    Be a part of the 2023 Homeless Point-in-Time Count on Wednesday, January 25. The Point-in-Time count is an annual survey of individuals experiencing homelessness to gain a better understanding of the resources our community needs. The 2023 count will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    How you can get involved:
    Volunteer - There are multiple volunteer opportunities for counting and interviewing people experiencing homelessness. A mandatory, virtual training is provided and flexible shifts are available.
    Register at bit.ly/3IJUMpl or email juliana.kitten@greeleygov.com.

    Donate - We are needing blankets, hand warmers, hats, mittens, warm socks, energy bars, jackets, and hygiene products. These will be distributed during the count.
    Drop off donations at United Way of Weld County, 814 9th Street, Greeley

    Find out more at: https://volunteer.unitedway-weld.org/need/detail/?need_id=762454

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