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Almost Home, Inc.

Our objective is not simply to shelter the homeless, but more importantly, to help build a path to self-sufficiency for families experiencing homelessness and housing instability.

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Rental Assistance

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
At-Risk Populations
Families
Homeless
Single Parents

Description

Almost Home, Inc. provides Rental Assistance to those in need. Some come to us with eviction notices in hand. These funds help to provide stability for families on the brink of homelessness. Since 1996, we have provided millions of dollars in direct assistance to thousands of families and individuals facing eviction. Each family receives case management and additional resources and referrals to help meet their needs.


Program Guidelines:
1. Must be a US Citizen or have legal residency. A valid Colorado ID and Social Security Card are required of all adults in the household (no copies are accepted).
2. All children in the household must have original Social Security cards.
3. Income is required with check stub verification. Cash income will not be accepted.
4. Monthly income must be at least $200 more than your monthly rent or mortgage.
5. Must be a resident of Adams or South Weld County for the last 3 months.
6. Families with children can qualify for a maximum of $500 in assistance (depending on available funds). The remaining portion of your rent MUST BE PAID with a money order prior to your appointment. A landlord receipt or money order is required to confirm.
7. Adults without children in the home are eligible for a maximum of $350 (depending on available funds).

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Evidence of Program's Success

Almost Home, Inc. prides itself on its ability to monitor and evaluate the impact our Rental Assistance Program has on the community. Each client at the time we provide assistance signs a release stating that we can contact their landlord in 90-days to determine if that resident family is still in the unit or was subsequently evicted. We contact the landlords 90-days post assistance and ask them if the family is 1) still in the unit, 2) voluntarily relocated or 3) was subsequently evicted. We are proud to share that on average, 83-85% of the families we provided rental assistance are still in their units after 90 days and not evicted.

Utility Assistance

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
At-Risk Populations
Single Parents

Description

Almost Home provides utility assistance to families at risk of utility shut-off. Since 1996, we have provided millions of dollars in direct assistance to thousands of families facing eviction or the discontinuance of their utility services. Each family receives case management and additional resources and referrals to help meet their needs.

PROGRAM GUIDELINES
1. A valid Colorado ID and valid Social Security Card is required of all adults.
2. Verifiable and ongoing income is not required.
3. Must be a resident of Adams or South Weld County for the last 3 months.
4. Must first apply for LEAP (during the months of November - April) and receive an approval or denial letter from LEAP.
5. If your total bill (actual amount of the total owed) is over $1,000 we cannot provide assistance until your bill is less than $1,000.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The outcomes of our Utilities Assistance Program are more difficult to track but we can report that even though our primary funders, Energy Outreach Colorado & United Power Round-Up Foundation allows clients to apply annually for assistance, we see a very small number of repeat clients.

Water Assistance

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
At-Risk Populations

Description

Almost Home has recently partnered with the City of Brighton to provide water assistance vouchers for residents that receive their water through the City of Brighton. We can provide up to $300 of assistance for those struggling to pay their City of Brighton water bill.

PROGRAM GUIDELINES:
1. Must be a City of Brighton resident
2. Must use City of Brighton water
3. Must have a valid Colorado ID
4. Verifiable and ongoing income is not required

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Evidence of Program's Success

Family Emergency Shelter

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Families
Homeless
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

Almost Home operates one of three permanent Family Emergency Shelters within Adams County. In 2013 our shelter was doubled in size when it was expanded from three sleeping rooms to six sleeping rooms. The shelter has two full sized kitchens (one on each floor) as well as a computer area where families are encouraged to use the computers & printers when searching for resources including employment opportunities and affordable housing. There is also a common area for families to relax outside of their bedrooms in the shelter.

Eligibility requirements:
1. Must be a US Citizen or have legal residency. A valid Colorado ID and Social Security Card are required of all adults.
2. Must be a resident of Adams or South Weld County for the last 3 months.
3. Must be a family with children under the age of 18 that reside full-time with you.
4. Must pass a sex offender check.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our objective is not simply to shelter the homeless, but more importantly, to help build a path to self-sufficiency for families experiencing homelessness and help transition families from our shelter and back into permanent and affordable housing within 45 to 60 days.

Through our Case Manager, Almost Home offers assessment, service planning, referrals, and advocacy. Our Case Manager works with shelter guests to identify their barriers to stable housing. Together they develop an action plan that will enable the shelter guest to move towards securing sustainable and permanent housing and work. A guest's stay in the program is contingent upon positive participation and active efforts toward goal achievement.

Many times, we are able to assist shelter families with some of the funds needed to move out of the shelter and into permanent housing, including first month's rent and/or deposit.

GED & ESL Classes

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges

Description

Almost Home has partners with Coal Creek Adult Education Center to offer both GED & ESL (English as a Second Language) classes in our community room.

GED classes are on Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

Why get your GED?
Employment: Even if you're currently employed, earning your GED certificate will increase the number and quality of jobs you can apply for in the future.
Education:  If you want to attend college and take your career to the next level, your GED certificate is the first step.
Self-Esteem: Earning your GED certificate will help you feel a sense of accomplishment and pride in yourself.

ESL (English as a Second Language) classes are on Monday & Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

Why take ESL classes?
Employment: In many instances, you need to speak English in order to get a job working with the public. Speaking English can also help you to advance in a current job. 
Education:  Many students attend ESL classes to help obtain their GED certificate or to attend college courses.
Survival: Speaking English will help you to obtain services and interact in social settings. 

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Evidence of Program's Success

The success of the GED/ESL Programs are measured by the number of individuals served, the number earning a GED or ESL certificate, the length of time taken by each to earn a GED/ESL certificate, and the number continuing on to higher education.

We are in the process of tracking this information in conjunction with Coal Creek Education to better report the program success rate.

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