Basic Needs

Foothills United Way Focus on: Basic Needs

Foothills United Way's emphasis on Community Basics is designed to stabilize individuals and families in crisis with a safety net of critical services.

  • In January 2011, 1,550 homeless people were counted. 61% counted were homeless families.
  • Local applications to assistance programs such as Food Stamps, TANF, Medicaid and CHP+ all increased between 2006 and 2011.
  • The population of Coloradoans ages 65 to 74 years old is expected to grow 7% annually through 2020. 29% of seniors report at least one disability.
  • Nearly one in five families in Boulder County reported difficulty in accessing low-cost food.
  • While overall crime rates were down (11% in 5 years), concern is around an increase in the number of  domestic violence defendants unemployed and the increase in the number of children present or witnessing domestic violence.

Foothills United Way works to change these community conditions by:

  • Increasing the number of homeless or near homeless have access to immediate, short-term shelter.
  • Increasing the percentage of people accessing community basics programs and are connected with public benefits.
  • Increasing the number of vulnerable seniors who are able to live independently through utilizing community based services.
  • Increase access to services that support personal safety.


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