Fort Lyon Details

 

Fort Lyon.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Fort Lyon is working

Taxpayers spend an average of $45,993 per person per year on medical and mental health services, substance abuse treatment, jail incarceration, and temporary shelter costs for a chronic homeless person living on the street. The cost per person at Fort Lyon is $19,825 per year – a reduction of over 56%.

The program has served 793 residents in the past two years. These people represent Colorado's most vulnerable homeless individuals.

383 residents enrolled in educational programs to develop the tools to be self-supporting.

60% of residents participate in job training and over 80 residents have found employment. 

Over the past two years, the success of the Fort Lyon Community has been to transition 323 residents to housing.

 

Program Evaluation

August 2017 Evaluation of Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community - Preliminary Report

 

Annual Reports

2016-2017 Fort Lyon Annual Report
2015-2016 Fort Lyon Annual Report
2014-2015 Fort Lyon Annual Report
2013-2014 Fort Lyon Annual Report 

 

Referrals

Referrals to Fort Lyon can be made by homeless service providers or health care providers using the referral packet.

 

Creative expression

In addition to the educational and vocational training opportunities provided to residents, Fort Lyon offers other creative programs to assist with recovery. In fall of 2015, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and Colorado Coalition for the Homeless partnered with the Lighthouse Writers Workshop to offer a Writer-in-Residence program to provide artistic education, support, and community to help participants explore personal histories, and providing a forum to discuss behavior, addictions, and recovery.

 

Program Contact

For referrals or questions about the facility:
Lynn Rider
lrider@coloradocoalition.org
(719) 662-1108

For other questions:
Kelli Barker
kelli.barker@state.co.us
(303) 864-8422

 

 

Community Partners

Learn more about the state and local community partners working together in support of Fort Lyon:

Bent County Commissioners and Office of Economic Development
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Division of Housing
Colorado Division of Behavioral Health

Colorado Health Care Policy and Finance Authority
Otero Junior College
Lamar Community College
Prowers Medical Center
Southeast Mental Health Services
Valley Wide Health Systems, Inc.