United Way of Weld County receives grants for Weld’s Way Home

United Way of Weld County has recently received several grants to help launch its new initiative, Weld’s Way Home. Weld’s Way Home is a community initiative led by United Way of Weld County to address and prevent homelessness and housing instability.

Grants recently accepted at a United Way of Weld County Board of Director’s meeting include: $17,672.46 from the City of Fort Collins through the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and $40,000 from the State of Colorado Office of the Governor to hire a coordinated assessment and housing placement coordinator who will work to establish and improve a regional (Larimer and Weld counties) coordinated intake and assessment system to serve families, veterans, youth and individuals experiencing homelessness. The coordinator will also work to increase the number of housing options for the homeless.

In addition, United Way of Weld County received grants to provide a cold weather overflow shelter for individuals and families. This will provide shelter for people when other long-term stay shelters are full. Grants received include:

• $10,000 from Great Western Bank
• $ 26,653 from NCMC, Inc.
• $ 27,000 from City of Greeley
• $ $26,653 from UC Health
• $6,000 from Christ Community Church

“These generous grants are yet another example of our community coming together to help Weld County residents who are struggling with finding a place to call home, especially during the winter months where shelter can be a life and death issue,” said Bob Hinderaker, chairman of the Weld’s Way Home Council. “We have a wonderful, caring community and it is incredible to watch our community mobilize to assure that everyone has a warm place to sleep this winter and the opportunity to find a stable place to call home.”