Target: Cathy Mathis, Chairperson of the Fort Collins Housing Authority
Goal: Applaud the construction of a permanent housing facility and therapeutic support for the homeless
Nearly 1.8 million people experience homelessness each year. Some people suffer from chronic homelessness and others from temporary bouts without a place to live. Three-quarters of homeless people are without employment and many lack the support needed to improve their situations. It is nearly impossible to create a stable life where you can hold down a good job if you do not have a guaranteed place to live. Securing jobs for homeless people is important and necessary, but they must have permanent places of residence in order to build stable lives. Thankfully, the Fort Collins Housing Authority (FCHA) has plans to do just that.
The FCHA is following through on the Homeward 2020 Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness, which is intended to provide a readily available network of housing and services with sufficient capacity to meet the needs of the the homeless population of Fort Collins, Colorado. As part of this plan, a new housing facility called Redtail Ponds is being built. It will be Northern Colorado’s first permanent supportive housing program and will have 40 units for formerly homeless residents. It will also have 20 units for residents who earn a wage below 50 percent of the area’s median income. In this way the facility will be helping both homeless and low-income community members. The facility will also provide case management services, lifestyle coaches, and therapeutic services.
Currently, the wait time for a single person to find affordable subsidized housing is one to two years and for a family it takes two to four years. With 23 percent of the U.S. homeless population being children, this is a real issue that must be addressed. The work that the FCHA is doing and the construction of Redtail Ponds should be applauded. Tell the FCHA that you support their work.
Dear Ms. Mathis,
The issue of homelessness in America has long been a significant problem. Without permanent housing it is difficult to maintain a job and stabilize one’s life. The goals of the Homeward 2020 Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness are honorable and the current construction of Redtail Ponds is an exciting addition to the plan. Permanent housing facilities that also provide the individual and therapeutic support necessary to help stabilize formerly homeless residence are the best option to eradicate homelessness.
I strongly support the work you are doing and thank you for taking the initiative to address America’s homeless population. I look forward to the final construction of Redtail Ponds and all the good it will do.
[Your Name Here]
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