To connect individuals and families experiencing homelessness with aligned resources to decrease homelessness and housing instability in Weld County.

 Every Weld County citizen has access to safe, adequate and affordable housing.

“Weld’s Way Home offers an outcome-driven approach designed to ensure that episodes of homelessness are rare, brief, and non-recurring. When communities come together to develop an effective continuum of care for individuals and families in crisis, everyone wins.”

– Colorado Governor John W. Hickenlooper

What is Weld's Way Home?

Weld’s Way Home is an initiative to address and prevent  homelessness and housing instability in Weld County.

 

 

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It is led by:

United Way of Weld County’s Board of Directors adapted Weld’s Way Home: A Plan to Address and Prevent Homelessness in Weld County on August 11, 2016. As the entity responsible for this work, the Board unanimously endorsed full support for leading the Weld’s Way Home initiative. 

Under this leadership, a volunteer committee made up of service providers (people who work directly with the homeless and those at risk of homelessness), indirect service providers (those whose job causes them to come into contact with someone experiencing homelessness, like a landlord or an ambulance driver) and community leaders (The Downtown Development Authority, The High Plains Library District, etc.) met for 13 months.

During this time, the Planning Committee:

Studied

By researching evidence-based practices, successful plans from similar counties, and the need in Weld County specifically, the Weld’s Way Home Planning Committee was able to make informed decisions about how best to address housing instability in Weld County. 

Analyzed

Armed with knowledge, the Planning Committee asked themselves two questions: “What is working in Weld County to serve the homeless that cannot disappear if we are to be successful?” and “What resources are lacking that must be added to our services to support our most vulnerable families?”

Planned

Looking at the list of needed resources for our community, the Planning Committee prioritized goals based on 1) urgency of community need, 2) feasibility of implementation, and 3) return on investment. For more about the identified priorities for Weld County, click here. 

 

Weld’s Way Home will maximize resources already dedicated to serving the homeless, involve neighbors in protecting their communities, and unite Weld County for lasting change.

And a lot of that is thanks to the work of:

Committee

How did we get to Weld’s Way Home?

Our History

In fall 2011, an increasing number of shelter requests prompted Greeley-area emergency shelters, the Salvation Army, United Way of Weld County, and other community agencies to recognize the need for a seasonal cold weather shelter. United Way of Weld County convened the community to determine a solution. In response, the Salvation Army provided a shelter building, staff training, administration, and two meals each weekday. LAM Ministries and Greeley Inn also provided shelter for individuals and families. The cold weather shelter lasted from mid-December 2011 until the end of March 2012. It was a helpful resource, providing 694 nights of shelter to 57 unduplicated people.

United Way of Weld County again brought together the cold weather shelter committee of agencies in preparation for the 2012-2013 winter season, realizing the need for an ongoing solution. This continuing discussion gave birth to the Weld Homeless Coalition. After data was collected utilizing the Vulnerability Index (VI) throughout the month of October 2012, Homeless Coalition members and other concerned citizens gathered for a November Homelessness Summit to determine next steps. Barriers and solutions to solving homelessness in Weld County were discussed, including the areas of addiction, affordable housing, legal issues, life skills, and medical/ mental health. Since these initial meetings, the Homeless Coalition has grown to include more than 50 agencies. In 2013, the cold weather overflow shelter for single males was moved to Catholic Charities Guadalupe Community Center. Motel vouchers were provided for women and families through both Catholic Charities and Greeley Transitional House. While these services were extremely important for the well-being of those utilizing them, longer term solutions were still needed.

Much of the work of the Homeless Coalition has been achieved through quarterly meetings and work groups focused on specific needs/tasks. Four populations of people experiencing homelessness were identified: Veterans, Families, Individuals (Chronic), and Youth. Efforts have increased coordination amongst homeless serving agencies. While grateful for the hard work of dedicated service providers, Weld County still needed increased collaboration and a more robust continuum of services for those experiencing homelessness and at-risk of becoming homeless. A more intentional response brought United Way of Weld County to convene the planning that is now Weld’s Way Home.

The Plan is in place. What's Next? Click the logo to learn how Weld County is addressing and preventing homelessness.

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