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The Boulder County 10-year Plan Goals, Objectives and Strategies

GOAL2: Provide temporary shelter, alternative housing and supportive services for those who are temporarily homeless

This goal focuses on the provision of appropriate housing and supportive services to temporarily homeless individuals and families with an eye toward self-sufficiency and long term sustainability.  The County currently has in place a variety of housing options for the homeless (see table below) but these are not adequate to meet current needs. 

Agency

Location

Program

Population

Beds

Units

Warming Centers (overflow)

BOHO

Boulder

Seasonal overflow

Homeless adults

44

 

OUR Center

Longmont

Seasonal overflow

Homeless adults

20

 

Agape Family Services

Longmont

Seasonal overflow

Homeless adults

25

 

Overnight Shelter

Boulder Shelter

Boulder

Emergency Shelter

Homeless adults

160

 

EFAA

Boulder

ECHO House

Homeless Families

 

8

EFAA

Longmont

Atwood Shelter

Homeless Families

 

11

EFAA

Lafayette

Carr Street

Homeless Families

 

5

SPAN

Boulder

Domestic Violence

Homeless Women

27

 

Safe Shelter St. Vrain

Longmont

Domestic Violence

Homeless Women

18

 

Attention Homes

Boulder

Emergency Shelter

Homeless Youth

22

 

Transitional Housing

BCAP

Boulder

Walton House

Homeless w/HIV

4

 

Boulder Shelter

Boulder

Transitional Housing

All Homeless

 

12

Inn Between

Longmont

Transitional Housing

All Homeless

 

51

EFAA

Boulder

Transitional Housing

Homeless Families

 

12

EFAA

Lafayette

Transitional Housing

Homeless Families

 

6

L HA

Longmont

Briarwood Apartments

All Homeless

 

10

H.O.P.E.

Longmont

Transitional Housing

Homeless adults

 

5

 (Source: Consolidated Housing Plan)

 

Most of the shelter beds serving individuals in the County are provided through the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless.  A smaller number of overnight shelter beds designated for families, women or youth are managed by other non-profits in locations across the County.   In addition to strains on the overnight shelter system, there is a scarcity of day and warming shelters, which are particularly needed on cold winter days.

The stock of transitional Housing in the County also is not sufficient to meet current demand.  As observed in the table above, there are approximately 96 transitional housing units available in the County and most of these currently have waiting lists.

It is recognized that many temporary homeless individuals experience an acute episode of homelessness due to a major life event such as a loss of job or change in a significant relationship.  Emergency Shelter services are effective in meeting these short term needs, but it is also critical that other, more permanent options as well as social and economic services be made available to help these individuals and families become self-sufficient.  

This goal provides a comprehensive set of strategies that are designed to quickly move the temporarily homeless back to independent living while seeking to expand day and overnight emergency shelter capacity and supportive services to meet acute needs.  Major objectives include:

  • Implement a data reporting system to better monitor temporary shelter needs and utilization, and examine and change, as appropriate, current ordinances that affect use of alternative shelter options.
  • Expand overnight and day shelter capacity through the use of non-traditional (e.g., churches) shelter providers.
  • Expand the availability of housing units and, as appropriate, convert transitional housing options to permanent places of residence in conformance with the Housing First Model.
  • Strengthen, expand and provide wrap-around services to ensure that the temporarily homeless are supported in their efforts to move towards self-sufficiency.

 

Goals, Objectives and Strategies to provide temporary shelter, alternative housing and supportive services for those who are temporarily homeless

Objective 1: Ensure appropriate use of shelter services.


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Strategies

2.1.1

Develop data and reporting methods to monitor shelter needs and shelter capacity county-wide. 

2.1.2

Examine and modify as appropriate ordinances that relate to shelter needs and resources including the use of non-shelter structures (e.g., non-profits and churches) and automobile and camping ordinances.

 

 

Objective 2: Provide appropriate temporary shelter for homeless individuals and families.


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Strategies

2.2.1

Continue to provide 160 beds of temporary shelter for homeless adults during the winter months at the Boulder Shelter. (do we want these to be year round?)

2.2.2

Expand emergency shelter capacity by 100 additional beds in Boulder and 30 in Longmont with the aid of the faith community and non-traditional provider.

2.2.3

Provide year round day sheltering in the cities of Boulder and Longmont.

2.2.4

Replicate the current medical respite bed program model where homeless individuals are provided support with hotel vouchers and home health assistance during their recovery.

 

Objective 3:  Ensure the availability of appropriate, low rent, short-term rental options.


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Strategies

2.3.1

Support ongoing use of current transitional housing units in Boulder, Lafayette and Longmont.

2.3.2

Conduct a study to determine the number of low cost, short-term rental units currently available in Boulder County.

2.3.3

Identify options for additional low cost, short term rental units in Boulder and Longmont through master leasing arrangements.

2.3.4

Identify properties for rehab and development of low cost, short-term rental units in Boulder and Longmont and acquire these as resources become available. – do we need a separate strategy to look at the addressing the quality of current units.

 

Objective 4: Provide Wraparound Supportive Services to temporarily homeless individuals and families through the Boulder County Case Management system.


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Strategies

2.4.1

Fully implement and utilize a countywide case management system to plan and manage service needs.

2.4.2

Institute a coordinated case management referral process to relevant service providers including employment services; education/GED services;  substance abuse, mental health and medical services; and other wrap-around service needs including childcare, food, clothing and transportation.

2.4.3

Develop and utilize various benefits acquisition efforts to ensure that individuals and families are enrolled and receiving all entitlements for which they are eligible.


Goal 1: Prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless

Goal 3:  Provide permanent housing with supportive services to meet the long-term needs of chronic homeless individuals

Goal 4: Develop and/or Improve Systems to Support Efficient and Effective Plan Implementation

Goal 5: Promote Public Awareness and Advocacy

Goal 6: Implement an Effective Governance and Staffing Structure