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Homelessness Strategy Update

Homelessness Strategy Update


City of Boulder Reducing Adult Homelessness Update 2013-2015  

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Learn more about homeless individuals and families on our Homeless Stories page.


The Homelessness Strategy and Action Plan is a City of Boulder specific plan to address homelessness and complement the Boulder County Ten Year Plan to Address Homelessness, adopted in 2010 and which the City of Boulder is a partner.  The Strategy framework has been developed based on best practices, national policy, what’s worked in other communities, and local issues and needs. The Strategy identifies community goals and the Action Plan identifies specific implementation strategies to meet those goals.

The purpose of the Strategy is to:

  • Clarify City goals in addressing homelessness;
  • Maximize efficiency and effectiveness of city resources;
  • Engage community partners in solutions; and
  • Provide a strategic road map for city action.

The Action Plan identifies five key strategies for accomplishing these goals:

  • Strengthen regional partnerships;
  • Develop innovative solutions to increase housing options;
  • Improve local service integration;
  • Expand community education; and
  • Prevent homelessness.

Council supported the Strategy framework and draft Homeless Action Plan in April, 2015.

As opportunities have arisen, numerous strategies in the Action Plan have been developed and implemented with city and community partners, in all areas of the Action Plan. Current action plan items and accomplishments can be found here pdf (Sept. 1, 2015 Information Packet item).

Status and Potential Next Steps

  • Community engagement and feedback process on Strategy and Action Plan – 4 th quarter, 2015 and 1 st quarter, 2016
  • Refinements to Strategy and Action Plan - 1st quarter, 2016

Council Action

  • First Quarter, 2016 - Study Session - check in on community engagement and progress on key initiatives.
  • Second Quarter, 2016 - Anticipated Council agenda item for adoption of the final Strategy and Action Plan.

Staff Contact

Wendy Schwartz, Planning and Program Development Manager,, 303-441-1818.

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