Taxpayers spend an average of $45,993 per person per year on medical and,mental health services, substance abuse treatment, jail incarceration, and temporary shelter costs for a chronic homeless person living on the street. The cost per person at Fort Lyon is $18,800 per year – a reduction of over 59%.
The program has served 1,517 residents in the past two years, and about 60% of them reported having three or more adverse health conditions. These people represent Colorado's most vulnerable homeless individuals.
In fiscal year 2018, 110 residents,enrolled in educational programs to develop the tools to be self-supporting.
In fiscal year 2018, 64.5% of residents (or 329 people) participates in job training.
Over the past two years, the,success of the Fort Lyon Community has been,to transition,323 residents to housing.
Referrals to Fort Lyon can be made by homeless service providers or health care providers using the referral packet.
In addition to the educational and vocational training opportunities provided to residents, Fort Lyon offers other creative programs to assist with recovery. In fall of 2015, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and Colorado Coalition for the Homeless partnered with the Lighthouse Writers Workshop to offer a Writer-in-Residence program to provide artistic education, support, and community to help participants explore personal histories, and providing a forum to discuss behavior, addictions, and recovery.
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Learn more about the state and local community partners working together in support of Fort Lyon:
Bent County Commissioners and Office of Economic Development
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Division of Housing
Colorado Division of Behavioral Health
Colorado Health Care Policy and Finance Authority
Otero Junior College
Lamar Community College
Prowers Medical Center
Southeast Mental Health Services
Valley Wide Health Systems, Inc.