The Homeless Prevention Activities Program was enacted during the 1989 session of the Colorado General Assembly in response to the growing number of families and individuals who lacked the resources necessary to provide for their own adequate shelter. The purpose of the program is to provide assistance to households who are at risk of losing their homes without some kind of community assistance. Funding for the program is made available through a State Income Tax Check-off, which allows Colorado residents to make voluntary contributions on their State Income Tax Return.
The Colorado Trust administers the Homeless Prevention Activities Program under the direction of an advisory committee appointed by The Colorado Department of Human Services. Funds are distributed annually through a competitive process to private non-profit organizations throughout the state. Services provided by the funded agencies include:
Other appropriate supportive services aimed at stabilizing families and individuals to avoid future incidence of homelessness, such as employment and budget counseling, landlord and utility company mediation, and referral to a variety of services as appropriate.
Each year approximately 820 households receive assistance through the Homeless Prevention Activities Program. The following is a profile of the households served during the previous fiscal year:
69% of the households served were families with children
59% of the households served had annual incomes of less than $12,000
45% of the households served were ethnic minorities
67% of the household heads were employed
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