The Weld Trust funded grants in the area of housing stability in the fourth quarter of 2021. The funding strategy supported the most vulnerable population experiencing housing instability. The grants included programs to support the housing needs of special populations including victims of domestic violence as well as victims of commercial sex trafficking.
A Woman’s Place (AWP) provides shelter and services for men, women and children experiencing homelessness resulting from domestic violence. All clients are homeless when they arrive as they just escaped an abuser in their home. The AWP staff support survivors with food, clothes, school enrollment for children, and transportation. Their emergency shelter contains eight rooms with 29 beds. A typical stay at their emergency shelter is 30 days. AWP’s Domestic Violence Housing Stability Assistance Project expands their services to include tenant and landlord education to help clients navigate stable housing. The Weld Trust grant supports the AWP project to provide short-term housing assistance and additional costs for the program. AWP provides financial literacy education to all participants who receive financial assistance.
A second organization which supports a specific homeless population is The Avery Center. Their program is focused on rapid re-housing and case management for victims of sex trafficking in Weld County. The Avery Center currently provides a multitude of services to help their participants become more self-sufficient including workforce development training, financial literacy education, and mental health therapy. Their Sex Trafficking Survivor Housing Services program is designed to help their participants obtain stable housing. The grant from The Weld Trust supports costs associated with their housing program which will provide affordable, short-term rental assistance to victims and their children for up to twelve months.
The housing stability grants awarded by The Weld Trust provide for a diverse population across Weld County. Some of the most vulnerable in our community includes survivors and their children.