Housing Crisis Resolution System
Boulder County has launched a new effort to address homelessness. Building upon the work of the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, the Boulder County Homeless Systems Collaborative is an innovative approach that includes multiple government entities (Boulder County and the Cities of Boulder and Longmont), the nonprofits working to impact homelessness, the faith community and those with lived experience. The work seeks to create a regional, integrated service system that combines a coordinated entry process with the provision of timely and appropriate supportive and housing services to assist people in moving out of homelessness and into housing in the most efficient ways possible.
Coordinated Entry, Navigation & Housing-focused Shelter
Beginning in October, 2017, a variety of changes will be made to services for single homeless adults in Boulder County. The goal of these changes is to reduce the number of people in the county experiencing homelessness by providing more prevention-oriented services, and short- and long-term housing and services that will more quickly help people out of homelessness. These services will be available in the cities of Boulder and Longmont.
People will access all city and county homeless services through the new Coordinated Entry system. Clients will be assessed to determine if they are most appropriate for Housing-focused Shelter at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless (BSH), or Navigation Services.
All single homeless adults must go through the Coordinated Entry process to receive services from Boulder County or the cities of Boulder or Longmont. After meeting with a staff person and going through a short screening, clients will be referred to the most appropriate service depending on their needs.
Client screening services will be available in Boulder during the week at 3460 Broadway (the Boulder County Housing and Human Services Department’s North Annex at Iris and Broadway). The hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The hours on Tuesday are noon-4 p.m. This location is accessible by the SKIP and 208/F bus routes.
Boulder Coordinated Entry will be available on the weekends from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the People’s Medical Clinic, 2525 13th St. This bus lines with stops near the site are the SKIP, 208/F and the Y. Beginning in 2018, Coordinated Entry and Navigation Services will be available at 2691 30th St., the former location of Robb’s Boulder Music.
In Longmont, Coordinated Entry screening is available during the week at the OUR Center, 220 Collyer Street. The hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The hours on Tuesday are noon-4 p.m. The OUR Center is accessible by the BOLT, 323, 324 and 327 bust routes. Coordinated Entry hours in Longmont are expected to expand to weekends by late October.
For the most updated information see the Coordinated Entry schedule.
Navigation services provide short-term support for lower-needs individuals who require limited assistance to get back into permanent housing. Individuals will work with a case manager to develop a housing plan and can receive mediation support, financial assistance, legal assistance, assistance reunifying with support networks, and links to county and other community programs as needed. Overnight sleeping space will also be available to qualified navigation participants who need a place to stay in the short term.
Boulder Navigation Services will begin as an extension of Bridge House’s existing Path to Home program, which uses faith community space for overnight sleeping, morning meal service, and case management. Clients will be referred to Navigation Services through the Coordinated Entry screening.
In Longmont, Navigation Services will begin in early November.
Housing-focused Shelter (HFS) will facilitate housing entry for qualified moderate and high-needs individuals by providing overnight sheltering and wrap-around services on an extended basis. Those participating in HFS can remain at BSH until they have been successfully, permanently housed.