As the Public Housing Authority serving Fort Collins, Wellington, and Larimer County, Housing Catalyst connects individuals and families with the assistance they need to afford a home.
Through programs like Housing Choice Vouchers and Permanent Supportive Housing, Housing Catalyst moves hundreds of community members out of homelessness and stabilizes thousands of families at risk of homelessness.
Permanent Supportive Housing
In early 2021, Housing Catalyst opened the doors on a new Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) community – Mason Place. The former home of the Midtown Arts Center now provides 60 apartments and support services for people with a disability who had been experiencing homelessness. The beautiful, sustainable building utilizes trauma-informed design to help make residents feel safe and comfortable in their new home.
Mason Place is Housing Catalyst’s second Permanent Supportive Housing community in Fort Collins. Redtail Ponds, a PSH community for veterans and individuals with disabilities, opened in 2015.
Housing Choice Voucher Program
Each year, Housing Catalyst administers Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) to more than 1,400 households. These vouchers provide assistance toward the cost of rent in the private rental market. Voucher holders pay approximately 30-40% of their monthly income in rent, and the voucher pays the difference directly to the property manager.
In 2020, Housing Catalyst provided Housing Choice Voucher assistance to 232 new households. Of the new voucher holders, 122 households had been experiencing homelessness prior to moving into a home with HCV assistance.
COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance
During the pandemic, Housing Catalyst worked with the Colorado Division of Housing to assist Housing Catalyst and CARE Housing residents impacted by COVID-19. Housing Catalyst distributed over $116,000 in emergency rental assistance to 134 families in 2020. This assistance provided housing stability and kept families in their homes.
Homelessness is a complex challenge that requires a network of community supports to address. Together with local government partners and community agencies, Housing Catalyst hopes to help make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring in our community.