Initially, Connie and her grandchildren were in a two-bedroom apartment, but they “upgraded” a few years later. Connie doesn’t plan to leave CARE housing, because she’s concerned she won’t be able to find an accessible and affordable apartment elsewhere.
While waiting for that call from CARE, Connie said she also applied for Section 8 in Loveland, but there was a five-year waiting list. “The market rents were very expensive,” Connie said. “Huge deposits. Affordable housing was really the only option for me and my grandchildren.”
Connie doesn’t think housing in Fort Collins is accessible to everyone who needs a home, including parents and grandparents who are raising kids by themselves, because of the high rents and long waiting lists. Connie is part of a grandparent coalition. She sees a lot of grandparents taking care of their grandkids, and a lot of them are having a hard time financially.
“I get scared when I don’t have employment,” she said. “I had to leave my last job because they will take Medicaid away from me and my grandkids.”
Connie would also like to see more advocates for non-English speaking and non-legal residents in Fort Collins, so these community members can find affordable housing, too.