$1,452,257 in federal funds has been awarded to the Northern Colorado Continuum for Care for ending homelessness efforts in Weld and Larimer counties. Managed jointly by Homeward Alliance of Larimer County and United Way of Weld County, the NoCO CoC works with 40+ service providers in the two counties to make homelessness rare, short-lived and nonrecurring.
“In our first time applying to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a Continuum of Care, the NoCO CoC received funding renewals for a number of permanent supportive housing, voucher and rental assistance projects,” commented Kelli Pryor, the Northern Colorado Continuum of Care director. “We were also granted competitive funding for Homeward Alliance’s regional homelessness data and information system and a new effort that will assist housing domestic violence survivors, as offered jointly by United Way and domestic violence service providers in the two counties.”
Only two years old, the NoCO CoC was founded in January 2020 just before the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Becoming only the third Continuum of Care to be formed out of an existing continuum, in its first year the NoCO CoC was awarded $1.18 million from HUD and $2.3 million from the State of Colorado. These funds have been used to keep those experiencing homelessness safe from coronavirus impacts and to help them regain housing. Hundreds of people have gotten back into housing because of these efforts.
“This HUD award is the culmination of a number of years of effort that led to becoming our own Continuum of Care,” added Melanie Woolman, vice president of community impact with United Way. “It is an affirmation of how well our providers in Larimer and Weld counties are doing in helping those that they serve to get back into housing. While not enough to do the whole job, the funding will accelerate their efforts. Plus, if we continue to perform well, it is likely that HUD will maintain if not increase the amount of resources year-after-year.”
Visit www.NoCOCoC.org or contact Kelli Pryor at KPryor@UnitedWay-Weld.org or 970-473-5121 to find out more.