HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY
Vision for Change
Every citizen in Longmont should have an opportunity to obtain safe, sanitary
and decent housing. A suitable living environment should be provided through
economic development expansion and new job creation opportunities. The City
will work toward preserving and maintaining its existing housing stock and
will aid in the production and/or rehabilitation of decent and affordable
housing to accommodate housing needs for special populations such as elderly,
disabled, homeless, mentally ill, and others. Opportunities to assist first
time home buyers will be expanded and the City will strive to improve recreational
opportunities, city image, neighborhood security and infrastructure.
The Citys strategic plan is based on the insight and perspective of
different organizations in the community such as the Longmont Housing Authority,
the Boulder County Housing Authority, St. Vrain Community Council, Boulder
County Mental Health Center, Longmont Coalition for Women in Crisis, Emergency
Family Assistance Association, the OUR Center, the Inn Between, the Center
for People with Disabilities and many individual citizens. The priorities
that resulted are summarized below.
The priority housing and homeless objectives for Longmont are:
- Provide Longmont citizens with the opportunity
to live in safe, sanitary and decent housing that is affordable to them.
- Produce and/or rehabilitate decent and affordable
housing to meet the needs of special populations such as the elderly, disabled,
homeless, large families, single parents, farm workers and physically and
mentally disabled persons.
- Preserve, maintain and repair the existing housing
stock in the City.
- Apply for additional Section 8 certificates and
vouchers at every opportunity to assist extremely low income and very low
income households and individuals.
- Continue to provide opportunities to assist first
time home buyers.
- Provide supportive services to assist those families
with special needs, to prevent homelessness, and to provide the extra help
needed to keep families at risk from becoming homeless.
- Empower and revitalize neighborhoods so they can
become strong proponents for change for their residents.
Nonhousing Community Development Priorities
The top priorities are for infrastructure improvements, recreational needs,
and city image improvements to be funded through the Citys Capital Improvement
Program (CIP). Water and street improvements top the list of high priority
infrastructure needs. Together these will cost about $55 million. Longmont
also plans a major recreational needs enhancement through the new construction
of a rec center, a new museum and improvements to a community park and the
senior center. These improvements are estimated to total over $22 million.
The City also estimates that it will need about $2.2 million for crime awareness
and teaching peace programs, $1.1 million for sidewalk improvements, $700,000
for commercial-industrial rehabilitation, $12 million for Solid Waste improvements
and over $1.3 million for various public services. Another important area
for the City is its Youth Services. There is an estimated $2.2 million needed
to provide adequate youth counseling, activities, asset training, facilities,
The Citys goal is to help at least 100 families a year break the cycle
of poverty through supporting efforts of nonprofit agencies. To do this the
City will work with organizations dedicated to assisting low income persons
and families. The primary organizations are Longmont Coalition for Women in
Crisis, the OUR Center, the Inn Between, and El Comité.
The City provides public and supportive service assistance through the CDBG
program and Human Service Agency funding from the Citys General Fund.
Both of these funding programs assist agencies with comprehensive anti-poverty
programs to help low income families. Many of the programs include multi-service
programs to get low income families back into the main stream. They include
help with job readiness, job placement, educational training, counseling,
child care, food clothing, housing assistance and a host of other service
to help families and individuals escape the cycle of poverty.
Housing and Community Development Resources
Longmont receives about $500,000 as a CDBG entitlement community. CDBG funds
are the main source of funding for all publicly assisted housing projects.
Longmont is not a direct recipient of HOME funding or other Federal grants.
The Longmont Housing Authority (LHA) has an annual contribution contract
of about $3 million with the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The Citys police department will receive about $180,000 from the Department
of Justices Universal Hiring grant program.
The Colorado Division of Housings HOME program supports the Citys
Down Payment Assistance Program and the Emergency Shelter Grant Program funds
many Longmont nonprofit agencies that provide homeless assistance.
Coordination of Strategic Plan
In implementing the Consolidated Plan, Longmont will coordinate with a number
of agencies and organizations including the OUR Center, the Center for People
with Disabilities, Thistle Community Housing, the State Division of Housing,
and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
There are nine nonprofit agencies that will assist the City in carrying out
its housing strategy. All receive some amount of CDBG funding. The agencies
include the Center for People with Disabilities, Habitat for Humanity, the
Inn Between, the Boulder County Mental Health Center, the OUR Center, the
Boulder County Housing Authority, Longmont Coalition for Women in Crisis,
the Longmont Housing Authority, and Thistle Community Housing.
CDBG and Affordable Housing Programs Coordinator
350 Kimbark Street
Longmont, CO 80501
(303) 651-8590 - fax