Las Animas, CO 81054
Opened in 2013
The Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community provides recovery oriented transitional housing to individuals experiencing homelessness. The program combines housing with peer support, educational, vocational and employment services for up to 250 people currently or formally experiencing homelessness from across the state of Colorado, with an emphasis on serving veterans experiencing homelessness.
The Program is located at the former Fort Lyon VA Hospital in Bent County, Colorado and is part of state and community efforts to re-purpose the facility to meet the needs of individuals across the state and to catalyze the re-use of the facility to meet a variety of community needs.
The program model allows people experiencing homelessness to leave the community in which they continue to struggle with substance use disorders and homelessness for up to two years in order to help them recover and attain health stability. As a result, participants will gain the resources necessary to maintain long-term recovery, employment and overall self-sufficiency.
The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless provides the transitional housing and recovery oriented supportive services. Bent County is the property manager for the facility. The program provides a recovery environment of on-site and community-based education, employment, and other services for its residents. Collaborative service providers include Otero Junior College, Lamar Community College, Southeast Mental Health Services, Prowers Medical Center and Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc.
Program participants fully engage in the overall operations of the campus including food services, facilities maintenance, grounds maintenance, housekeeping and waste water management—in conjunction with their daily participation in peer support groups. Additionally, the colleges provide customized educational and vocational training in computer technology, construction industries, health services, agricultural sciences and more.
Outreach and referrals of participants into the program come from homeless service agencies and health care providers from across the state. Upon completion of the program, residents will be assisted to obtain housing and employment as they return to their community of choice through partnerships with local and state-wide organizations. It is also anticipated that qualified graduates will have access to housing subsidies through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to ensure long-term housing stability.
Initial funding to establish and operate the Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community has been provided by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Additional funds to sustain the program will be obtained through federal, state, local and private sources, including commitments from Bent County Office of Economic Development for local transportation and from Otero Junior College to provide an on-site computer lab.
Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Division of Housing
Colorado Health Care Policy and Finance Authority
Colorado Division of Behavioral Health
Bent County Commissioners and Office of Economic Development
Otero Junior College
Lamar Community College
Southeast Mental Health Services
Prowers Medical Center
Valley Wide Health Systems, Inc.
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
If you are a homeless service provider or health care provider seeking to refer a candidate to the Ft. Lyon program, please contact Cindy Nichols at (719) 662-1162 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are homeless and would like to enroll in the Ft. Lyon program, please consult with your case manager, homeless service provider, or health care provider about a referral to the program.
For more information, please call (719) 662-1100.
JULY 2017–JUNE 2018 ANNUAL REPORT
The Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community provides transitional housing and support services to people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness from across Colorado, with a priority on serving veterans. Situated on 552 acres in the Lower Arkansas Valley, the Fort Lyon program is a state-wide collaborative led by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Bent County, and the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.
At Fort Lyon, residents participate in peer-led recovery groups, vocational training programs and a variety of life skill-building activities, as well as pursue educational opportunities at the local community colleges and employment in the community.
IN THE MEDIA
Colorado’s Fort Lyon Treats Addicts In The ‘Middle Of Nowhere.’ Does It Work?
COLORADO PUBLIC RADIO | March 8, 2017
Fort Lyon Helps Homeless Addicts — and an Ailing Rural Economy
WESTWORD | August 30, 2016