Homelessness is not just an urban problem—thousands of families and individuals in Colorado's small cities and towns are also affected. In fact, some circumstances that contribute to homelessness are heightened in rural communities: low wages, seasonal jobs, limited mass transit, limited affordable rental housing, higher rates of domestic violence, and lack of social service and other charitable organizations.
The Rural Initiatives Program is a cooperative partnership between the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and non-profit homeless service providers in non-metro and rural areas of Colorado. The Coalition and its partner agencies jointly operate nine Continuum of Care funded programs, including seven rapid rehousing programs, one transitional housing program, and one permanent supportive housing program. The Coalition also jointly operates several Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funded homeless prevention and rapid rehousing programs. These programs provide rental assistance and supportive services to help families and individuals move from homelessness to housing stability and self-sufficiency.
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Bezos Family 1 Funding Announcement and Application Process Information
The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) is soliciting applications for the Bezos Day 1 Families Fund program sub-recipients. The Bezos Family 1 Fund funds are received from the Bezos Family 1 Fund Charity Arm of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to implement permanent housing activities to house families (households with young children and/or that include members with disabilities) who are experiencing homelessness. See the announcement for the broad array of family types considered under the definition of "family".
The Colorado Balance of State CoC is the continuum of care planning organization for Colorado’s 56 non-metro and rural counties (statewide, excluding metro Denver and Colorado Springs). The mission of the Balance of State CoC is to improve the delivery of supportive housing and supportive services to homeless families and individuals, with the long-term goal of ending homelessness. Each year, the Balance of State CoC participates in a national grant competition for HUD Continuum of Care homeless assistance funds.
Click here or use the above link to access the Colorado Balance of State Continuum of Care (CO BoS CoC) Website, hosted by CCH!