Photo: Community Summit 2021
Community Summits & Wrap Up Overview
The Community Summits and Wrap Up completed on the evening of May 3rd. Home2Health and City staff who supported the completion of the Housing Strategic Plan were joined by Summit participants, community members as well as Darin Atteberry, City Manager and our new Mayor, Jeni Arndt who both shared sentiments of gratitude for the deep-dive the City has taken on addressing housing concerns in our community. City Council will be meeting this summer to discuss next steps of the Housing Strategic Plan implementation. In the meantime, small working groups areContinue reading
Photo: Community Summit 2021
Community Summits & Wrap Up Overview
The Community Summits and Wrap Up completed on the evening of May 3rd. Home2Health and City staff who supported the completion of the Housing Strategic Plan were joined by Summit participants, community members as well as Darin Atteberry, City Manager and our new Mayor, Jeni Arndt who both shared sentiments of gratitude for the deep-dive the City has taken on addressing housing concerns in our community. City Council will be meeting this summer to discuss next steps of the Housing Strategic Plan implementation. In the meantime, small working groups are starting to form across the City to start addressing specific strategies from the plan.
Home2Health wants to give a huge thanks to everyone who has supported our work over the last few years of our grant project and especially to those that continued to participate during these difficult and unusual times.
Thank You Fort Collins!
*A detailed post event summary of the Summits & Wrap Up will be available soon.
Fort Collins Red Cross Nurse Parade from 1917. This is WWI-related and not flu-related, but it does show the town of Fort Collins coming together and gives us a historical glimpse into our city. (Museum of Discovery Photo Archives)
Home2Health & the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery: Making History
As we continue to navigate through the uncertainty of COVID-19, one thing that is certain is that stories about health and housing have never been more important to capture. The Home2Health project is collaborating with the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery’s Making History project to collect community stories through one central platform. Home2Health will use the stories collected to inform future health and housing policy. Beyond stories, you can share observations, images, sound files, and moving images. The Museum will be taking digital submissions throughout the COVID-19 health crisis, and over time, they plan to expand by collecting artwork, journals, interviews and objects that help tell the story of this unprecedented time in history. Ultimately, submitted materials will become part of the Collections and Archive at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery and may be used in future exhibits, programs, and publications. The prompts on the Museum’s online form are general so, when sharing your story, we encourage you to consider these two additional questions:
Ready to share your story? Click here to get started!
Concerned about your privacy? The name and email fields of this form are not required and allow you to submit an anonymous story. If you have any questions, concerns, or technical difficulties, please reach out to the Home2Health team at email@example.com.
CSU’s Center for Public Deliberation – Community Guides, Phase 2
Our partners at CSU’s Center for Public Deliberation have just launched Phase 2 of the Home2Health Community Guide program. Community Guides work to lift the voices of our communities by conducting conversations within their own networks and providing feedback from those discussions to the City.
For this round of engagement, we’ll continue hearing from our residents about their experiences with housing and health and will expand those conversations to learn about the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic impacts. Currently, we’re recruiting guides who have previously worked with the City and the CPD as Community Guides, Plan Ambassadors, or a Community Partners for Home2Health, Our Climate Future, or City Plan. If you’ve worked in that capacity before and want to be a part of the Community Guide program, apply here!
We’re hoping to open this opportunity to the wider community soon, particularly for those interested in connecting with historically underserved community members. If you’re interested in becoming a Community Guide in the future or want to learn more, visit the Community Guide Training Hub, which offers online lessons on how to conduct conversations and connect with community members.
For Fort Collins & For FoCo
Recently, a collaboration of community partners launched a campaign aimed at supporting local businesses, particularly those in the industries most affected by COVID-19. This campaign is called “For Fort Collins” and the website forfortcollins.com is a source of information for the latest physical distancing requirements and best practices for local business.
For FoCo, a companion website, will serve as a resource for Fort Collins residents to share stories, photos and video about how they are staying connected to neighbors and the larger community during both the outbreak and recovery efforts. This site has a variety of engagement opportunities and we encourage you to check out both sites to stay educated, up-to-date and, to learn about how to get involved.
Home2Health y Fort Collins Museum of Discovery: Making History
Mientras seguimos atravesando la incertidumbre de COVID-19, lo cierto es que el registro de historias sobre la salud y la vivienda nunca ha sido más importante en estos tiempos. El proyecto Home2Health está colaborando con el proyecto Fort Collins Museum of Discovery: Making History (Museo del Descubrimiento de Fort Collins: Haciendo Historia) para recopilar historias de la comunidad a través de una plataforma central. Home2Health utilizará las historias recopiladas para informar la próxima política de salud y vivienda. Además de las historias, se puede compartir observaciones, imágenes, archivos de sonido e imágenes en movimiento. Durante la crisis sanitaria por COVID-19, el museo recibirá materiales en formato digital y con el tiempo, planea expandir la recolección de obras de arte, diarios, entrevistas y objetos que ayuden a contar la historia de este período sin precedentes. Al final, los materiales enviados pasarán a formar parte del área Colecciones y Archivo del Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, asimismo, se podrán utilizar en exhibiciones, programas y publicaciones futuras. Las indicaciones del formulario en línea del museo son generales, por lo que, al compartir su historia, le recomendamos que considere las siguientes preguntas adicionales:
¿Está preparado para compartir su historia? ¡Haga clic aquí para comenzar!
¿Le preocupa su privacidad? Los campos de nombre y correo electrónico de este formulario no son obligatorios y está permitido enviar una historia anónima. Si tiene alguna pregunta, inquietud o dificultad técnica, comuníquese con el equipo de Home2Health al correo electrónico: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center for Public Deliberation de la CSU – Guías comunitarios, fase 2
Nuestros socios del Center for Public Deliberation (Centro para la Deliberación Pública, CPD) de la CSU acaban de lanzar la fase 2 del programa de Guías comunitarios de Home2Health. Los Guías comunitarios trabajan para llevar las voces de nuestras comunidades manteniendo conversaciones dentro de sus propias redes y dando comentarios sobre esos debates a la ciudad.
Para esta fase de compromiso, seguiremos escuchando a nuestros residentes sobre sus experiencias con la vivienda y la salud, además ampliaremos estas conversaciones para aprender sobre las consecuencias de la pandemia de COVID-19 y los impactos económicos subsiguientes. Actualmente, estamos reclutando guías que hayan trabajado previamente con la ciudad y el CPD como Guías Comunitarios, Embajadores del Plan, o Socios de la Comunidad para Home2Health, Nuestro Futuro Climático o Plan de la Ciudad. Si ha trabajado en esa función antes y quiere ser parte del programa de Guías comunitarios, ¡inscríbase aquí!
Esperamos ofrecer pronto esta oportunidad a la comunidad en general, en particular para las personas que están interesadas en relacionarse con los miembros de la comunidad históricamente desatendidos. Si está interesado en convertirse en un Guía comunitario en el futuro o quiere obtener más información, visite el Centro de Capacitación para Guías Comunitarios, el cual ofrece lecciones en línea sobre cómo mantener conversaciones y relacionarse con los miembros de la comunidad.
For Fort Collins y For FoCo
Hace poco, una colaboración de socios comunitarios lanzó una campaña cuyo objetivo es apoyar a las empresas locales, en particular a las que pertenecen a las industrias más afectadas por COVID-19. Esta campaña se llama "For Fort Collins" (Para Fort Collins) y el sitio web, forfortcollins.com, brinda información sobre los últimos requisitos de distanciamiento físico y las buenas prácticas para las empresas locales.
For FoCo (Para FoCo), es un sitio web complementario, que servirá como recurso para que los residentes de Fort Collins compartan historias, fotos y videos sobre cómo se mantienen en contacto con los vecinos y la comunidad en general durante el brote y los esfuerzos de recuperación. Este sitio tiene una variedad de oportunidades de participación y lo animamos a que visite ambos sitios para mantenerse informado, actualizado y para saber sobre cómo participar.
Home2Health and COVID-19
As we move into the month of April, we see glimpses of Spring. The weather is warming, the grass is getting greener and yet something is missing. Many of us are viewing the world from the comforts of home yet missing the comforts of physical community and connection…In this time of uncertainty, we want you to know that the Home2Health Team is here for you!
The City of Fort Collins and numerous partners are working tirelessly to provide up-to-date information as the COVID-19 outbreak progresses. We are striving to offer all of our community members access to real-time information and resources. For the most up-to-date information regarding Stay-at-Home, Closures, FAQ’s and other COVID-19 resources, please visit the City of Fort Collins Coronavirus Information page here.
Though all of the Home2Health events are at a stand-still for now, there are still a few ways for you to stay active and involved in the Home2Health project as we shift into virtual ways of engaging with each other. Storytelling about health and housing is relevant now more than ever before. There is an opportunity for you to share your story about how COVID-19 is affecting you and your family as well as general stories about housing affordability and health equity. Visit this section of our Home2Health website for more information on storytelling.
Visit these resource links below:
For all residents: https://www.fcgov.com/eps/coronavirus
For businesses: https://www.fcgov.com/business/
Want to help or need help?: https://www.fcgov.com/volunteer/
Resources from United Way: https://uwaylc.org
Para integrantes de la comunidad: https://www.fcgov.com/eps/coronavirus
Para empresas: https://www.fcgov.com/business/
¿Quieres ayudar o necesitas ayuda? https://www.fcgov.com/volunteer/
Recursos de United Way: https://uwaylc.org
2-1-1 Colorado: https://www.211colorado.org/covid-19/
Colorado Tenant’s Guide to COVID-19: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQABJuY4-YZmSk_OEYKOaWD4Vmw1_7wiDHmEoIjTqoBnqPsfQgNXDQgYf5_hT9zJjejaIfAfMnVBJZn/pub
A Local Stories Night was a great success! We had a wonderful showing of Fort Collins community members and the feedback we have received about the event, specifically about the five digital stories has been heart-warming to say the least.
We had several community resources at the event including but not limited to the following:
We also had information about our new Pop-Up Storytelling Station which is an on-the-go storytelling option we are excited to share with Fort Collins community members. To view the digital stories or to share your own story on our Home2Health website or with our Pop-Up Storytelling Station click here for more details.
To read A Local Stories Night post-event summary, click here.
Key Home2Health Dates in March & April Postponed
In response to the latest local, state and federal recommendations regarding public gatherings and recommended precautions for preventing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are postponing all in-person Home2Health activities originally scheduled for March and April. We are currently investigating alternative options for engagement, including web-based meetings. Thank you in advance for your patience!
We will send updates through the Home2Health email list. Please sign-up on this site to receive project updates.
The following events have been postponed until further notice:
12-1pm, 222 Laporte Avenue, Colorado River Room (first floor)
6-8pm, Northside Aztlan Community Center, 112 E. Willow Street, Eagle Room (first floor)
10-12pm, Northside Aztlan Community Center, 112 E. Willow Street, Eagle Room (first floor)
Please note: The City of Fort Collins is working closely with the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE) and other regional partners to actively monitor local Coronavirus developments.
For information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Larimer County, please visit the LCDHE website: https://www.larimer.org/health/communicable-disease/coronavirus-covid-19.
Thank you for your interest in Home2Health and for your ongoing participation. Stay safe and healthy!
We’re having a community conversation about housing and health equity in Fort Collins and hope you can be a part of it. We believe that sharing experience is a powerful way to give a holistic perspective to our local challenges. With that philosophy in mind, the Home2Health project is hosting a free video screening and panel discussion to showcase the stories of community members as they relate to housing and health.
Tendremos una conversación comunitaria acerca de temas de vivienda y equidad de salud en Fort Collins y esperamos que nos puedan acompañar. Creemos que compartir nuestras experiencias es una manera poderosa de dar una perspectiva general acerca de nuestros retos locales. Con esa filosofía en mente, el proyecto Home2Health ofrece un evento en el cual podrán ver cortometrajes y participar en un panel de discusión que iluminan historias de integrantes de la comunidad y su relación con vivienda y salud.
Detalles del Evento
In August 2019, the Colorado Health Institute published Home Equity: A Vision of Housing Security, Health and Opportunity. The report summarizes data from across Colorado and outlines the wide range of housing and health challenges facing many families and individuals in our state. The following is from the Colorado Health Institute website:
"Housing affects health. The affordability, stability, quality, and accessibility of housing all play a role in individuals’ and communities’ health. The connection is clear, but it’s a complicated undertaking to build a system that addresses needs and inequities in both housing and health.
A rapid increase in Colorado housing prices is straining many Colorado households. Discriminatory policies in the past and present make the situation even more challenging for people of color. The statistics are striking:
This resource is one among many that are guiding the early work of the Home2Health project. Understanding the context of Colorado as a whole is important as we compile data to show how Fort Collins residents are experiencing challenges with housing affordability and health. To read the full report, visit https://www.coloradohealthinstitute.org/sites/default/files/file_attachments/Housing%20Equity.pdf.
Home2Health is a collaborative, two-year project led by the City of Fort Collins Planning and Social Sustainability Departments. We are joined in this work by our community partners - The Family Leadership Training Institute at CSU Extension, the Center for Public Deliberation at CSU, The Family Center/La Familia, and the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment.
Our objective over the next two years is to implement updates to policies, codes, and regulations to improve housing affordability with a specific emphasis on health equity. This effort will be based on community dialogue and capacity building - so that the voices and ideas of community members who are experiencing the day-to-day reality of housing instability are reflected in the policy decisions we make.
This project is being funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Health Disparities Grant Program. For more information about the grant program, visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/health-disparities-grant-program.
*This project is funded in part by Amendment 35 Health Disparities Grant Program funding. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official policies of, nor does the mention of imply endorsement by, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Finalize work plan, draft community engagement plan
Gather data to build a "snapshot" of housing affordability and health equity in Fort Collins today; learn about existing conditions, issues, needs, and priorities; host community dialogues
Conduct research on potential policies and land use code changes; develop tools to help prioritize potential solutions; update Affordable Housing Strategic Plan; continue community dialogues
Work with community members and stakeholders to identify and prioritize a wide range of possible policy and land use code changes; develop a draft plan for decision-makers
Share the draft Housing Strategic Plan; seek input and revise draft based on community dialogue
Present Housing Strategic Plan to Council for consideration of adoption (February 2021) and host a Community Summit to begin implementation (April 2021).
Senior City Planner | Home2Health Project Manager
City of Fort Collins
Social Policy and Housing Programs Manager
City of Fort Collins
Associate Planner | Home2Health Engagement Lead
City of Fort Collins