Housing Solutions for the Southwest is a nonprofit that has been serving SW Colorado for nearly 40 years. The mission of Housing Solutions is “to lead the way in providing help, hope, and a seamless system of affordable housing services to our communities in Southwest Colorado.” Every year we help over 1000 households with affordable housing programs.
How the money will be used
Funding helps us to run programs that need matching local support to run such as housing families exiting homelessness or emergency assistance for households facing eviction. It helps us to cover program and project expenses often not included by some funding sources.
How will it make a difference
United Way funding helps leverage many additional dollars in program funding to provide affordable housing, emergency assistance and housing counseling to SW Coloradans. We utilize our united Way Funds to show state and federal funders that we have local investment in our work. This makes all the difference in the work we do to prevent and to address homelessness.
What we accomplished over this past year
In 2020, we are beginning construction on a brand new 40-unit apartment building for the lowest income community members in Durango; a $10 million investment in our community. Also in 2020, we expanded our capacity to administer rental assistance funding in response to COVID-19 adding over $300,000 in funding to prevent evictions across the region. We also expanded our funding for Rapid Rehousing programs to rehouse those experiencing homelessness.