As we move into the holiday season and colder winter months, it’s hard not to think about how different holiday celebrations and gatherings will be, but many, due to COVID-19 pandemic related impacts, will be without jobs and struggling to keep a roof over their heads. Keeping this in mind can help us balance out the importance of the things we think we are missing this season. Home2Health is hard at work to improve outcomes for those in need, while continuing to work on the City’s Housing Strategic Plan.
If you or someone you know is struggling this winter season, please visit this resource link for a current list of homeless and COVID program updates.
Partner Spotlight: Partnership for Age Friendly Communities - Virtual Gateways Online Catalog!
Our friends at Partnership for Age Friendly Communities (PAFC) have been putting together a virtual catalog of activities for older adults in Larimer County. The catalog is called Virtual Gateways and is full of great resources for those looking to engage with their community during this time of increased isolation. The catalog offers a range of activities from support groups to health and wellness as well as common interests. The catalog still growing and if you have information or ideas that could be useful to our older adult population, please contact email@example.com
Housing Strategic Plan Update - Post Council Work Session
On December 8, City staff shared progress on the Housing Strategic Plan with City Council at a work session. The purpose of the work session was to summarize fall community engagement, share draft strategies and tools for strategy evaluation, and update Council on the work of the Ad Hoc Housing Committee. Staff also asked Council for support to consider funding the first phase of updating the City’s Land Use Code.
You can review all the materials presented to Council here, or watch the recording (the Housing Strategic Plan update starts around 4 hours, 11 minutes in). Councilmembers were supportive of the progress made on the Housing Strategic Plan and deeply appreciated the time and effort residents have invested in workshops, meetings, and discussions over the last several months. Councilmembers recognized that the housing needs in our community are urgent and require both planning for the future and strategic action now.
We will be returning to Council for one more work session on January 26, where the focus will be on prioritizing strategies and finalizing the Housing Strategic Plan. We expect to bring the Housing Strategic Plan to Council for consideration of adoption in February 2021, and to bring forward a formal request for funding land use code changes in the first quarter of 2021 as well.
The first three sections of the Draft Housing Strategic Plan are now available at https://www.fcgov.com/housing/ . These sections include the Introduction, Greatest Challenges & Remaining Questions, and Vision. The remaining sections of the draft plan will be available on January 7th.
Housing Plan Engagement Update
Home2Health and City staff, in collaboration with our partners at CSU’s Center for Public Deliberation (CPD) and Partnership for Age-Friendly Communities (PAFC), reached over 400 people through 35 workshops in two months! This was a massive undertaking which completed mid-November, but the convenience of virtual meetings allowed us to meet with more groups in a shorter timespan then we may have in person. To learn more, click here to read though our Executive Engagement Summary provided by Cactus Consulting.
Housing Plan Workshop Summary
A big part of our fall engagement for the Housing Strategic Plan were the six Housing Plan Workshops offered to the community. In addition, the workshops were offered to those who requested Home2Health to present to their groups privately. Out of the six workshops, five were completed with general community members. This approach allowed us to cast a wider net and capture feedback from a variety of community members and stakeholders such as builders, landlords, nonprofits, and seniors just to name a few! To read the full post-event summary, click here.