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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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Rent & Mortgage Assistance

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

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

Description

Almost Home, Inc. provides Rent & Mortgage 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.

Please refer to our website for more information and eligibility requirements.
https://www.almosthomeonline.org/rental-assistance

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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 & Mortgage 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.

Please refer to our website for more information and eligibility requirements.
https://www.almosthomeonline.org/utility-assistance

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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

Up to $300 in water assistance is available for residential customers who are experiencing a financial hardship. Applicants must be a City of Brighton resident and show proof of residency at the address associated with the utility bill. Assistance is available to both families and individuals.

Please refer to our website for more information and eligibility requirements.
https://www.almosthomeonline.org/water-assistance

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Evidence of Program's Success

Family Emergency Shelter

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Families
Homeless
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

Almost Home, Inc. operates one of only three Family Emergency Shelters in all of Adams County. Our family shelter can accommodate up to seven families at a time. We have a waitlist to gain access to our emergency shelter.

​Emergency Shelter Waitlist:

1. To add your name to the waitlist, we ask that you please complete the online Emergency Assistance Intake Assessment form or call 303-659-6199.

2. When there is a vacancy at the Emergency Shelter, Almost Home will conduct a lottery to determine the next family to admit. Almost Home will call or email the identified family and the family will have 24 business hours to respond or they will be returned to the waitlist and we will move on the next family.

Please refer to our website for more information and eligibility requirements.
https://www.almosthomeonline.org/emergency-shelter

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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 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. 

Please refer to our website for more information.
https://www.almosthomeonline.org/ged-esl-program

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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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