An update from Neighbor to Neighbor on response to COVID-19 Pandemic for the week of 3/30-4/6:

  • N2N had 170 intakes for eviction prevention, 250 requests for assistance in last 2 weeks.
    • 78% under 30% Area Median Income
    • 16% under 50% Area Median Income
    • 9% Spanish language only
  • April assistance distributed so far:
    • N2N mailed $11,000 in checks to 17 households April 1-3.
    • N2N approved $14,600 to 21 households on April 6 alone.
  • $100,000-$150,000 needed for rent assistance per month in April and May.
    • Average assistance per household is currently $675.
  • Pre-Covid Monthly Average:
    • N2N distributed $19,000/month to 55 households/month. ($11,500 to 33 Fort Collins households, and $7,500 to 23 Loveland households.)
  • N2N is increasing rent assistance distribution by 700% by:
    • launch of online application (in English and Spanish) on 3/31/20,
    • limiting required documentation to lease and income verification and expediting process,
    • increasing staff from 3 to 5 counselors including bilingual staff, and
    • providing $500-$750 in rent assistance to all households, based on need.
  • Local affordable housing partnership: Housing Catalyst, CARE Housing, N2N property mgmt, and Loveland Housing Auth not referring residents to N2N for rent assistance to allow general public first access. Hope to apply state funds or other funds to residents of affordable partners in May.
  • N2N Rent Assistance Funding Confirmed to date:
    • $20,000 N2N fundraising
    • $20,000 Neighborworks America
    • $15,000 United Way/Comm. Fndn
    • $20,000 private foundation
    • $5,000 El Pomar Foundation
    • $50,000 Bohemian Foundation
    • TOTAL: $130,000 will serve 192 households in April
  • $20,000 more is needed to reach $150,000 goal in April, would serve 222 households.
    • $100,000 – $150,000 needed to address rent assistance need in May.
  • Client experiences:
    • I just wanted to say thank you for considering my request for help with rent. Two weeks ago, I was interviewing people for a job we had open. Now I have no job myself. COVID-19 is terribly scary, and while it ravages our nation killing people, it is also ruining in other ways. I just moved to Colorado from the east coast last August and I am hoping desperately that I can find a new job and stay here. It’s rather terrifying, I dare say. Anyway, thank you.
    • I just had a baby three weeks ago, and am on unpaid maternity leave. Husband lost his restaurant job and now we have no money for rent or bills.
    • I took a week off work as hairdresser to attend my brother’s funeral out of state in early March. Came back to learn all salons are closed until at least end of April. Might not have gone to his funeral if I’d known it would be my last paycheck.
  • QUESTIONS – Contact N2N Executive Director, Kelly Evans, 970-488-2363 or kevans@n2n.org.