Last year we educated ourselves about regional housing challenges. Now we’re digging in deeper to look at the complicated issue of homelessness and learning from three local organizations that serve our neighbors of various demographics experiencing a lack of stable, safe, and functional housing. Panelists include David Rout, executive director of Homeward Alliance, Cherri Houle, executive director of House of Neighborly Service, and Nicole Armstrong, executive director of The Matthews House.

Serving Our Neighbors Experiencing Homelessness

Thursday, April 18, 2024
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Community Foundation of Northern Colorado
4745 Wheaton Dr., Fort Collins, CO 80525

Previous Community Issue Briefing Topics and Resources:

February 21, 2024: How Nonprofits Measure and Communicate Outcomes and Impact
Speakers: Cheryl Campbell, executive director of Children’s Speech and Reading Center; Brian Schaffer, executive director of Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park; and Kristi Briles, executive director of Respite Care.
Resources: February 2024 Community Issue Briefing Presentation
Recording: February 2024 Community Issue Briefing Live Recording

October 12, 2023: Arts and Cultural Experiences
Speakers: Wendy Ishii, Bas Bleu Theatre, Laura Valdez, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery and Ryan Howard, Children’s Museum of Northern Colorado.
Resources: October 2023 Community Issue Briefing Presentation

September 14, 2023: Environmental Resiliency, Northern Colorado and Beyond
Speakers: Laura Quattrini, Big Thompson Watershed Coalition, Hally Strevey, Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed, Jim Tolstrup, High Plains Environmental Center, and Helen Goody and Hellen Castro, Trees, Water & People.
Resources: Complete September 2023 Community Issue Briefing Presentation

June 8, 2023: Workforce Preparation, Training, and Development
Speakers: Yvonne Myers, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce; Tracy Mead, Project Self-Sufficiency of Northern Colorado, Allison Seabeck, The Warehouse Business Accelerator; and Mike Freeman, Innosphere Ventures
Resources: Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce Presentation; Innosphere Ventures Presentation

May 11, 2023: Immigration Today: How does Northern Colorado Support our Newest Residents?
Speakers: Amy Hoeven, Community Dreamer Fund, Patricia Miller, Alianza NORCO, and Arpi Miller, ISAAC of Northern Colorado
Resources: Community Dreamer Fund presentation; Alianza NORCO presentation; Video – ISAAC of Northern Colorado: How We WorkISAAC of Northern Colorado presentation; Immigrant Fact Sheet; Video – Animated Map Shows History of Immigration to the US

April 13, 2023: Childcare: The Economy and Our Future
Speakers: Liz Means, Early Childhood Council of Larimer County, Anne Lance, Teaching Tree; Laurie Dale Marshall, Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success; Gail Yant, Thompson Valley Preschool; and Allison Hines, Boys and Girls Clubs of Larimer County
Resources: PDF of the presentation; Early Childhood Council presentation; EVCIS presentation; Larimer Child Care Connect ;Larimer Child Care Fund (in partnership with United Way of Larimer County); Workforce Roadmap Report Larimer Thrive by Five 2023 Childcare Ballot Initiative

March 9, 2023: Behavioral and Mental Health
Speakers: Laurie Stolen, Larimer County Behavioral and Mental Health Services; Michael Allen, SummitStone Health Partners; Scott Smith, Alliance for Suicide Prevention; and Brian Kingsley, Poudre School District
Resources: PDF of the presentation; Poudre School District presentation; Larimer County Behavioral and Mental Health Services presentation; 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

February 9, 2023: Regional Housing Challenges
Speakers: Kelly Evans, Neighbor to Neighbor; Jeff Feneis, Loveland Housing Authority; Becky Ezzell, Loveland Habitat for Humanity; and Cindy Hammond, Loveland Habitat for Humanity
Resources: PDF of the presentation; Neighbor to Neighbor video; Loveland Habitat for Humanity video

Community Champions

This program is funded, in part, by our Community Champions. Through the support of Community Champions, the Community Foundation brings people and resources together to spark change, channel passion into action, and explore solutions. Learn more about Community Champions.