"To provide supportive housing and promote stability to diverse homeless families and individuals by utilizing community resources, advocacy, and life skills training."
Homelessness is an especially salient issue in Boulder County, where high median household income, net in-migration, and a lack of developable land has caused a shortage of affordable housing. The average rent for a 904 sq. ft apartment in Longmont is $1,550 (according to RentCafe, 2021) a 4% increase compared to 2020, when the average rent was $1,490. Assuming the recommendation of 30% of gross income being spent on housing, that would require an annual salary of $64,130 to afford, well more than double Colorado's minimum wage. The average income for a four-person Inn household is $21,869. Only 2% of Longmont's rental housing is considered affordable. Because low-income families live precariously, frequently spending up to 70% of their income on rent, they have no cushion for changes in income or housing costs. Therefore, all families living in poverty are at risk of homelessness at transition points. Clearly, the most vulnerable people in our community need outside support to meet their basic needs.
The Inn Between of Longmont, Inc. (The Inn") was established in 1993 out of the collective efforts of a coalition of 23 community agencies, looking to address homelessness in the St. Vrain Valley. Although existing community organizations provided basic needs services for the homeless, there was a need for an agency that could provide both affordable housing and complementary supportive services.
Initially, The Inn operated under a parent agency, Family Extensions, and provided services to tenants in one building with 31 units. The agency received 501(c)(3) status in 1999. In response to a growing need The Inn has grown capacity to 6 buildings with a total of 87 units. Capacity increases have allowed The Inn to be adaptable to the needs of the St. Vrain Valley community, growing in both the number of people served each year and the scope of supportive services provided to residents. While the capacity and tools have evolved, the essential design of the Supportive Housing Program has not changed because of its proven efficacy.
For our residents, The Inn is more than just shelter; it's a home that offers hope for the future. A recent resident shared, "I'm so grateful. The Inn Between really saved my life. I left a life of domestic violence. I love it here, and I call it home. Now I am saving for a place for me and my daughter. After my time with The Inn Between, I will never be homeless again."
"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