According to the Coloradoan, Outreach Fort Collins expects to expand its hours which will help increase its services due to a 73 percent increase in community need. They have an on-the-street, professionally staffed team to help build relationships with community members, service providers, businesses and city services as a means to address and deescalate disruptive behaviors downtown and help assist the police in assisting mental health and substance abuse for homeless and transient individuals.
The Murphy Center in Fort Collins indicates those who had extensively used emergency services in 2016, decreased in 2017. And the number of individuals seeking services has increased.
“Both of those put together really are a mark of our mission and shows that we’ve been successful in making an impact downtown and making it feel safer for everyone, but also making sure our community’s most vulnerable are connected to the services they need,” Verni-Lau said.
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