We all need a safe place to call home. As housing costs increase in Weld County, more neighbors will struggle to keep their homes and families stable. Shouldn’t our community have a plan to help keep its members safe?
Weld’s Way Home is our plan. You can be part of the solution.
Meet the Neighbors You Will Help We believe that every person in Weld County should have the chance to access adequate, safe and affordable housing.
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The Cost of Doing Nothing Whether you realize it or not, housing instability affects you or someone you know.
Understand the Challenge What Causes Homelessness in Weld County?
1 in 5 households, or 18,600 families, are housing-cost burdened in Weld County.
This means 20% of households in Weld County spend more than 30% of their income on housing. Anyone that spends more than 30% of their income on housing costs (including utilities) is considered housing-cost burdened and is more susceptible to homelessness. In Weld County, the average 2 bedroom room apartment costs $812 per month. For someone to afford this housing cost each month – without paying more than 30% of income toward housing – she has to earn $2,706 monthly, or $32,480 each year to live affordably in Weld County.
Weld County needs 3,866 more affordable units to meet the need of our low-income families.
Housing stability is a new challenge in Weld County. As housing costs increase, residents who have lived here for years are finding it harder to keep their housing. Many families have been forced to move into homes with other families to keep a roof over their heads. This is called doubling- up.
Research shows that doubling-up is the most common housing situation before an individual is forced to live on the streets or in a vehicle.
Living on low wages is harder than you think.
If people made a livable wage – a wage that meets the demands of increased cost of living in Weld County – households would not have to rely on government subsidies to survive day-to-day. They could spend more money supporting local businesses and contribute to state and federal tax revenues.
Weld County Numbers
*$15.62 – the hourly wage needed to afford the average rent in Greeley
*80 – the number of hours you would have to work each week at the current minimum wage to afford the average rent in Weld County
* 3,600 – the number of affordable housing units needed for families in Weld County
*1.9 – the number of full-time, minimum wage jobs needed to afford a 2 bedroom apartment in Weld County
Try it for yourself.
Living in the real world on a limited income is challenging. And there are real-life consequences that accompany working with limited resources. Want to see for yourself? This budget activity will test you and your peers’ abilities to make tough choices when ends don’t quite meet.
This graph is called Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. It explains the way people address their needs. People start at the base of the pyramid and work their way toward higher groups of needs. If someone cannot meet the needs in a lower level, they cannot move to addressing the needs of higher levels. This means that people cannot begin to focus on long-term goals until their most basic survival needs are consistently met. For folks experiencing homelessness, this lack of basic needs could keep them from addressing employment, savings and other goals. Most often, it is homelessness that keeps people from achieving stability. It is not usually a choice, but a psychological survival skill that would affect anyone living without basic needs.
Learn about how Housing First models meet the most basic needs of people to help them achieve stability.