Fort Collins Homeless Coalition

Welcome to the website of the Fort Collins Homeless Coalition!

Navigating this website is easiest through the drop-down menu in the “Affiliates” tab above. However, for visitors accessing this site on mobile devices, or simply for your convenience, a site map is at the bottom of this page.

Current and upcoming events are listed below:

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Don’t Let the City Block Our Lockers!

When City Council voted against funding storage lockers, the Fort Collins Mennonite Fellowship (FCMF) began fundraising. Thanks to generous donors, the Fellowship has everything they need to install lockers. But now the City is creating new obstacles.

On May 31st, the Planning and Zoning Board will be meeting to discuss whether to permit the FCMF to bring lockers to our community. Opponents are arguing that providing safe storage to people in need is not a typical church function. There will be an opportunity for public comment: we need people to come and explain why this project should move forward.

  • Lockers will not significantly change the way the FCMF property is used. People already come and go from the property at all hours, including during Friday nights and Sunday mornings when the church shares warmth and food with people in need, and during weekdays, when Faith Family Hospitality provides services on-site for families experiencing homelessness.
  • Access to church property will be regulated in exactly the same way it is now. The only changes will be twenty secure lockers (with an application, screening process, and rules for all the people who use them), improved lighting on one side of the building, and the addition of a security camera.
  • The FCMF moved forward on lockers after repeated assurances from the City that lockers are a permitted use of their property. For instance, a January 11, 2018 memo from Deputy City Manager Jeff Mihelich states: “Lockers are allowed in this zone district if FCMF finds the funding elsewhere.”
  • Although it is only a small pilot program, these lockers are very important to our community. A person experiencing homelessness must carry most of what they need at all times. This can be an intensely heavy burden, both physically and emotionally. Safely-stored belongings leave a person more able to attend to other needs, including finding a place to call home.
  • Adequate storage options are essential for health, stability, and human dignity. For more information about why lockers are important, and what’s already happened, see the Fort Collins Homeless Coalition’s website: http://fccan.org/fchc/lockers-project/

When: May 31, 6pm

Where: City Hall, 300 LaPorte Ave

We need you there!

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Know Your Rights:

What To Do When You’re Interacting with Police

When: 10:30am on Friday, May 25

Where: Murphy Center (242 Conifer St.), in the conference room

Everyone has certain basic rights under the US Constitution and other laws.

Make sure you know your rights and responsibilities if you are approached by police or other law enforcement.

Join us, and find the answers to questions about:

  • what to do if you are stopped for questioning
  • how to assert your right to remain silent and your right to an attorney
  • how to refuse consent for a search of your belongings
  • what to do if police ask for ID
  • what to do if you are ticketed or arrested
  • what to do if you feel your rights have been violated
  • how and when to address police misconduct

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Site map:

About FCHC   ♦   History of FCHC   ♦   FCHC Resources and References

Decriminalization  ♦   Fort Collins Camping Ban   ♦   Colorado Right to Rest Act

Sit/Lie Ban   ♦   Obstruction Ordinance   ♦   Panhandling   ♦   Other Ordinances

Bathrooms, Water, and Justice   ♦   Lockers