Homeless and Housing Services

The City of Greeley recognizes that homelessness is a growing and complex issue across the nation and in our community. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that the number of people experiencing homelessness increased by 2% nationwide in 2020. On any given day, there are individuals and families experiencing homelessness for many different reasons, including the affordable housing crisis, sudden loss of a job, mental and/or emotional health issues, property foreclosure, eviction (both for cause and no cause), trauma from experiences such as domestic violence, sexual violence or child abuse, drug or alcohol addiction, natural disasters, and more. Their stories are varied and personal, but it's clear that collectively people experiencing homelessness face daily barriers to meeting their most basic needs, such as access to food and shelter.

The City's approach to homelessness is structured around the idea that members of the Greeley community should have access to programs and services that provide options for stable housing. Ending homelessness isn't just the work of the City and can't be solved with a single approach—it is a community-wide issue demanding a community-wide response. It will take a tremendous amount of effort, collaboration among numerous partners and agencies, and openness to innovative strategies—and the City will continue to prioritize coordination and partnership to address both the immediate crisis and the sustained need for lasting housing solutions.

Below are resources to assist the community now as we continue to navigate a whole-community approach to homelessness.


The City is working to address the issue of homelessness in our community. Efforts to date have included ongoing engagement with local service providers, neighborhood and community leaders, and residents. Read more below.

In 2020, a small group of stakeholders including City representatives and local non-profits began meeting to discuss ideas for addressing homelessness and affordable housing issues facing the community. Through their conversations, they began to envision a long-term community solution to housing our community’s most vulnerable through the development of a service-based campus within the cities of Greeley and Evans. The group toured the area's current Housing Navigation Center and Cold Weather Shelter located in Evans and managed through United Way of Weld County, brainstormed potential housing campus models, and toured the Arroyo Village campus in Denver. As a result, the City of Greeley created a scope of services to solicit a 3rd party consultant to assist with gathering and evaluating housing data, examining demand drivers, determining market and financial viability and feasibility, and estimating capital and operating costs for possible sheltering and housing alternatives.

Progress

photo of hand-drawn housesIn August 2021, the City released a Request for Proposal for further consideration of possible sheltering and housing alternatives. The request for proposal includes a detailed index of supplemental resources including a resource partners list, comparative campus models, additional shelter/services/projects in the Northern Colorado Region, and additional documents.

In November 2021, the City finalized a contract with Urbanity Advisors to complete this work. The anticipated timeline for scoping and assessment of possible sheltering and housing alternatives is approximately 6 months with consultant work beginning in December 2021. The contract includes:

  • Evaluating existing sources of information;
  • Analyzing what might be driving demand locally and regionally;
  • Evaluating best practices, project size and possible locations;
  • Providing opportunities for engagement and public involvement;
  • Estimating development and ongoing operating costs;
  • Outline financial feasibility, funding options and key next steps.

At the June 14 work session, Greeley City Council heard a report from the consulting firm Urbanity Advisors providing six recommendations to address homelessness and housing alternatives in Greeley. The report is the result of several community conversations with residents, stakeholder interviews, and survey feedback over the first 6 months in 2022. The recommendations include:

  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.

Watch the June 14 Council worksession:

Council Work Session | City of Greeley Colorado Meetings


Get Involved. Be Informed.

The City of Greeley is exploring ideas to further address homelessness and affordable housing issues facing the community.


• Homeless and Housing Scoping and Assessment Report to Council - June 14

City Council Worksession
6:00 p.m.
1001 11th Avenue, City Center South

All City Council Work Session meetings take pace via a hybrid model offering in-person and virtual options. Public input is not taken during these meetings. Visit the City’s meeting portal for meeting details.

 

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• Community Conversations / Conversacion Comunitaria - May 18 & 19

Thank you to everyone who turned out for the community conversations held in-person and virtually on May 18 and 19. If you were unable to attend or would like to experience the conversation again, you can watch a recording of the May 18 meeting by clicking the link below.

 

Gracias a todos los que participaron en las Conversaciones Comunitarias que se llevaron a cabo en persona y virtualmente el 18 y 19 de mayo. En el caso de que aún no lo haya visto o desea referirse al video, podrá ver la grabación de toda las reunión presencial de 18 de mayo haciendo clic en el enlace de abajo.

 

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• Community Conversations / Conversacion Comunitaria - April 13 & 14

Thank you to everyone who turned out for the community conversations held virtually on April 13 and in-person on April 14. If you were unable to attend or would like to experience the conversation again, you can watch a recording of the April 14 meeting by clicking the link below.

 

Graicas a todos los que participaron en las Conversaciones Comunitarias que se llevaron a cabo virtualmente el 13 de abril y en persona el 14 de abril. En el caso de que aún no lo haya visto o desea referirse al video, podrá ver la grabación de toda las reunión presencial de 14 de abril haciendo clic en el enlace de abajo.

 

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• Community Conversations / Conversacion Comunitaria - February 16 & 17

A huge thank you to everyone who turned out for the community conversations held virtually on February 16 and in-person on February 17. If you were unable to attend or would like to experience the conversation again, you can watch a recording of the February 17 meeting by clicking the link below.

 

Un enorme agradecimiento a todos los que participaron en las Conversaciones Comunitarias que se llevaron a cabo virtualmente el 16 de febrero y en persona el 17 de febrero. En el caso de que aún no lo haya visto o desea referirse al video, podrá ver la grabación de toda la reunión presencial del 17 de febrero haciendo clic en el enlace de abajo.

 

• City Council Worksession Presentation
January 25: Overview of City Partnerships & Strategies to Address Homelessness
Summary: This presentation gives a brief background on community efforts to address homelessness over the years, more recent partnerships and initiatives, and current challenges.

Click Here for the Meeting Agenda

Additional Resources

  • 2-1-1 Colorado - A confidential and multilingual service connecting people to vital resources across the state.
  • Housing Navigation Center - Helps those experiencing homelessness regain housing and prevents those at-risk of homelessness from losing housing. Services 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, 2930 11th Avenue, Evans, CO; 970-515-6281
  • Cold Weather Shelter - Single men and women (18+); Form of ID requested, including any document that has the person's name and date of birth. Open daily from 7:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m., TriPointe Business Center, 2930 11th Avenue, Evans, CO. Located in the same building as the Sunrise Monfort Family Clinic and North Colorado Health Alliance; 970-590-0093 (answered from 7:00 p.m. - 7:00a.m.)
  • Greeley Family House - Provides temporary housing and support services to families who are experiencing temporary homelessness.
  • Catholic Charities: Guadalupe Shelter - A comprehensive shelter with complementary social services programs for single adults and families.
  • Alternative Homes for Youth - Specializes in transforming the effects of trauma, neglect, and abuse in the lives of children. Provides residential, community transitional and day treatment services.
  • A Women's Place - Provides survivors with the space and resources needed to get back on their feet. All services are free, confidential, and available to all victims of domestic violence. 24/7 Crisis Line: 970-356-4226
  • Weld County Human Services - Provides information and resources for food, financial, medical, and child care services. Additionally, employment and training services are available along with child support establishment and enforcement services.
Greeley City Hall

Contact Us

Heather Balser
Interim Chief Resiliency Officer/Project Manager
heather.balser@greeleygov.com
970-336-4076

If you are homeless, need help with rent or other services, or for more information, contact HNC@unitedway-weld.org or call 2-1-1.