Daily headlines bring unsettling news about crumbling financial markets. In Larimer County, the floundering housing market is forcing homeowners to return to renting, driving vacancy rates down and rental prices up. And it’s not just homeowners feeling the pinch — families living in poverty are being forced into homelessness. The ripple effects have devastating impacts, as unstable housing disrupts employment, education, health and family stability.
In the first three quarters of 2009, Neighbor to Neighbor housing counselors helped hundreds more local families in housing crisis than in all of 2008. Our goal is to reduce the need for our services in the years ahead. That’s why Neighbor to Neighbor, United Way of Larimer County and other community agencies are working not only to accomplish our own missions — such as ours to promote housing stability — but also to improve our community for future generations. By participating in community initiatives like Pathways Past Poverty, our common goal is to create long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place.
We share a bold vision for Larimer County. In the next 10 years, we will work to ensure that people can find and maintain housing that is affordable and safe, so they can thrive in our community. We invite you to be part of the change. Please join me in supporting the United Way of Larimer County this year, by giving, advocating or volunteering. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED.
— Wendie Robinson, executive director, Neighbor to NeighborPrint This Post