Recently, Neighbor to Neighbor gave Emma’s family the opportunity to move to a newly updated property, which she says is much more accommodating to her family’s needs and feels more like a home. “The process was fairly easy on us,” she said. “They provided a lot of support.”
When asked if she thinks housing in the Fort Collins area is accessible to anyone who needs a home, Emma said, “Absolutely not.” She mentioned that, when her family lived at a previous rental property, they saw a huge growth in homelessness, including more and more families joining the homeless population. “It was hard seeing small children having to play either on the side of the road or in a car,” she said.
“I don’t know a single person who can afford a house here, let alone the ever-rising rent,” Emma added. “On social media, I’ve seen families begging for help as they can’t afford rent anymore and are at risk of losing their home.”
Emma wants to see an increase in support for families and disabled people in the Fort Collins community. And she would like for people her age to have an opportunity to move out of their family homes – not have to stay home because that’s the only option they can afford.