"To provide supportive housing and promote stability to diverse homeless families and individuals by utilizing community resources, case management and life skills training."
The Inn was established in 1993 out of the collective efforts of a coalition of 23 community agencies and operated for six years under a parent agency. After the closing of our parent agency, the Inn was granted its own 501(c)(3) status in February 1999, and in 2000 the Inn purchased the historic Great Western Hotel building located at 250 Kimbark; a 30-unit apartment facility.
In 2002, the Inn expanded its housing capabilities with the purchase of a 12-unit apartment facility located at 1901 Terry Street and again in 2005 with the purchase of an 8-unit apartment facility at 1913 Terry Street. And in 2012, the Inn expanded further by purchasing a 17-unit apartment facility located at 230 Coffman Street.
In 2015, to further bridge the housing shortage, The Inn converted the administrative offices into 5 additional housing units and moved into a commercial space .The Inn now has a total of 72 units; fifteen (15) three-bedroom, fifteen (15) two-bedroom, nineteen (19) one-bedroom and eighteen (23) Single Room Occupancy (SRO) units.
Boulder Community Foundation reports that Boulder County's cost of living is one of the highest in the state; families living under the poverty level reached 18%, and there is a severe lack of affordable housing. Data collected by the City of Longmont demonstrates that Longmont is roughly 2,500 units short to sufficiently house low income families and individuals.
In 2016, a local church began the process of donating a 1/4 acre of land to the Inn to increase our capacity to serve the low-income population that is being squeezed out of the local rental housing market. We will partner to construct several small permanent, supportive units that will house up to 14 low-income, homeless, or at-risk individuals; including the elderly and disabled. Construction is expected to begin in July 2018.
Our Supportive Housing and Supportive Services Program empowers residents to lead sustainable and self-sufficient lives through stable, affordable housing, ongoing advocacy, and life skills training. Many no longer have to worry about where they will sleep tonight or an eviction tomorrow. The program has four housing components - Transitional, Permanent, Emergency and Student Incentive. Each component offers all clients access to the same supportive service.
The Transitional Program comprises no less than 50 units to provide safe, affordable housing for up to 24 months. Residents pay 1/3 of income towards rent and utilities.
The Permanent Housing Program supports low-income 8 elderly and/or disabled individuals with long term or permanent supportive housing in coordination with Longmont Housing Authority's site-based voucher program. Residents pay 30% of adjusted fixed income towards rent and utilities.
The Emergency Housing Program holds aside 4 SROs to temporarily house those in crisis within 48 hours of an identified need through direct collaboration with the Our Center and H.O.P.E.
The Student Incentive Program addresses youth homelessness and incentivizes high school graduation offering homeless youth a safe, stable, and supportive environment that removes barriers keeping them from completing school. Students receive no-cost room and board as long as a full-time schedule, grades and attendance are in good standing. Students are connected with necessary resources and provided with guidance to influence healthy lifestyle choices and learn the skills required to live self-sufficiently.
The Inn Between believes that education is the key to ending the cycle of homelessness. Our goal is to stabilize housing so clients can learn skills and take steps needed to build a self-sufficient future. While a stable place to live is a first step to remove barriers to educational opportunities, to improve the life trajectories of homeless families and individuals the Inn's Supportive Housing and Services Program imparts educational components to further stability and advance earning potential:
Life Skills Classes - Trainings are provided by experts in the community and tailored to meet the needs of our current population in group or individual sessions. Onsite trainings include, but are not limited to: Personal Financial Management, Post-Secondary Education Planning, Job Readiness and Resume Writing, Tenant /Landlord Rights and Responsibilities, Nutrition, and other Life Skills training.
Scholarships - To encourage continuing education and enrollment in accredited certification or degree programs, scholarships are offered to help remove cost barriers. Education planning sessions are provided In collaboration with the local Community College to expose Inn clients to various educational advancement opportunities including technical schools and certification programs.
After School Education - An onsite Education Center offers educational reinforcement and tutoring for school aged children living at the Inn. In a positive, healthy setting students have access to a licensed teacher, computers, healthy snacks, and a reading library. During summer months, the Education Center remains open to encourage reading while school is not in session.
"I came to The Inn Between as a homeless teen in the Student Incentive Program and graduated from high school. Not long after, I became a teen mom. 10 years later, I'm still employed by Boulder County and my son is grown. I own a home and my son just graduated from college with a 4 year degree! It's because of The Inn and all the support you gave me that I have a stable happy life now. Thank you."
-A Former Inn Resident
"Without question what attracts me most about the agency is the Inn's ability to change people's lives for the long term. I have seen the results first-hand: their participants want to get back on their feet and improve their lives for the long-term."
- Inn Supporter