United Way of Weld County’s Housing Navigation Center (HNC) will open its doors to the public on Monday (April 1). The HNC is located at TriPointe Business Center (northwest corner), 3001 8th Ave. #285, Evans, and will be open from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“We will be providing resources such as short-term locker storage, mail collection, computer access, and a central place for people to meet with various agencies in our community that assist those experiencing homelessness or housing instability,” HNC coordinator Brandy Chaparro said. “We are committed to a Housing First philosophy, assisting people in getting back into permanent housing and making homelessness rare, short-lived, and non-reoccurring.”

To learn more about the HNC or how you can volunteer, contact Chaparro at brandy@unitedway-weld.org or (970) 573-6430.

The HNC is located in the same building as the HNC cold weather shelter. Efforts are still being made by United Way of Weld County (UWWC) and Catholic Charities to raise $75,000 to keep the shelter open until April 15. To date, almost $50,000 has been raised and officials from UWWC and Catholic Charities are confident that the total raised will exceed $50,000.

“United Way of Weld County has made the decision to keep the cold weather shelter open until April 15,” said Jeannine Truswell, president and CEO of UWWC. “We’re seeking continued donations and, if needed, we’ll have to dip into our reserves. While that is not ideal, we feel keeping it open until April 15 is essential.”

A total of 3,750 meals were served in February at the cold weather shelter, with 12,399 meals served since Nov. 1, 2018. There were seven veterans served in February, 76 unduplicated guests and 442 unduplicated guests since Nov. 1. A breakdown of guests who accessed the cold weather shelter in February were: 10 people between ages 18-24, 32 people between 25-40, 24 people between 41-55 and 10 people over 55.

“Whether you served a meal at the cold weather shelter or stopped by to bring breakfast items, you can’t help but be taken back by the number of veterans, men and women who get up early to go to work and the number of young couples and the people who are over retirement age,” Truswell said.

UWWC has set up a Go FundMe page to donate at https://www.gofundme.com/homeless-cold-weather-shelter. Donations can also be made by contacting UWWC at (970) 353-4300, www.unitedway-weld.org or Catholic Charities at (970) 353-6433. Please specify the cold weather shelter. One-hundred percent of the donations will go to the cold weather shelter.