Fort Collins homeless shelter sites to be reviewed at public meeting

The City of Fort Collins will share its analysis of two potential locations for a 24/7 shelter for homeless people at a virtual town hall on May 4.

The city’s Homelessness Advisory Committee will meet again to discuss an analysis of 1311 N. College Ave. and 614 E. Vine Drive, two sites the committee preferred due to proximity to public transit and other services for homeless people.

The first site belongs to the Bohemian Foundation; the latter by Larimer County for its vehicle fleet.

Fort Collins Rescue Mission emergency services member Stephen Ronquillo, left, and chef Stephan Carrell chat in the kitchen at the shelter in Old Town Fort Collins earlier this month.  The rescue mission provides more than 200 meals each day to the homeless population of Fort Collins.

Neither the analysis nor the city will make a recommendation on the site, said Jackie Kozak Thiel, the city’s sustainability officer. The analysis aimed to assess “high-level challenges and opportunities”.

Fort Collins Rescue Mission will make the final decision on which site best meets its needs and then begin determining funding to build, staff and operate the shelter, partnerships and design, a process that could take several months. .

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Find out about the sites

The virtual meeting with the Homelessness Advisory Committee will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on May 4. To find out how to listen, visit fcgov.com/homelessnesscommittee/.

A recording of the meeting will be broadcast fcgov.com/homelessnesscommittee/ for those who cannot attend.

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