The One Village One Family (OVOF) program empowers families who are homeless to regain stability, secure permanent housing and achieve self-sufficiency. OVOF matches families experiencing homelessness with volunteer teams, or “villages.” Those villages raise money to help families get into housing (e.g. security deposit) and then provide about six months of ongoing, structured support.

More than 1,000 children in the Poudre School District (on average) experience homelessness each year.

What’s more, those children (and their families) struggle to escape homelessness in the context of record-low vacancy rates — in Fort Collins and surrounding communities — and wages that have not risen in stride with housing costs.

The One Village One Family program unites the community stakeholders and empowers families who are homeless to secure and retain housing.

Almost 9,000 households that rent and earn less than $25,000 a year cannot find an affordable place to live in Fort Collins.

About 1,500 are on waiting lists for housing assistance. More than half of residents who are low-income and many who are homeless and working do not earn enough to afford housing here.

After the ugliest storm can come the prettiest rainbow.

– Kim (One Village One Family participant)

How do I get help?

Do you represent, or are you a part of, a family that might benefit from this program?

We want to help!

In order to be eligible for the program, a family must:

  1. Have legal custody of at least one child age 17 or younger living in the household.
  2. Have a combination of reliable income and non-expiring aid that can support the living expenses and long term monthly rental payments (for example, a family should have a total income of around $2,200 per month month for a two-bedroom home).
  3. Cannot already have a rent/lease agreement or own a home.
  4. Cannot have any recent violent felony convictions against them.
  5. Must be willing and committed to meet with a volunteer team in the community a minimum of seven times and be generally receptive to/in need of support for  at least a six-month period.

For questions, please contact the One Village One Family Program Manager at (970) 829-8934.

Click here for the One Village One Family participant application.

How can I help?

  1. Form or participate in a village
  2. Financially sponsor a village and family (help a family to secure stable, permanent and sustainable housing)
  3. Rent a property to a family in the program
  4. Spread the word — tell your friends, family members, co-workers and others!

Are you part of a faith-based organization, company, civic group, club or other group that might want to form a “village”? Contact us!

Click here for the volunteer handbook.

Village Goals

  • Support families to locate and establish secure and permanent housing
  • Help connect families with other community resources that might be beneficial to them
  • Help families regain self-sufficiency
  • Help families re-acclimate back into the community

Village Expectations

  • Commit to at least six months of service
  • Participate in a formal training (includes carefully reading our “Village Handbook” and attending a one-hour review session)
  • Furnish background checks for all village team members (about $7 each)
  • Raise $1,500 to assist family with up-front housing costs
  • Establish a village lead
  • Meet once-per-month for approximately six months (the village lead will call once per week to check on progress toward goals and resolve problems)

Volunteer Characteristics

  • Have a compassion and commitment to help people who are homeless
  • Treat all people with dignity and respect
  • Work collaboratively with other village members, the Homeward Alliance team and other service providers
  • Possess a strong desire to build relationships with individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Be encouraging, trustworthy, reliable, patient, nonjudgmental, flexible, relaxed, tactful, resourceful, calm and assertive

Contact Us

(970) 829-8934
diane@homewardalliance.org