Habitat Colorado is working with the state to develop a strategy on ways Habitat affiliates can help low-income homeowners repair and rebuild homes affected by the Front Range flood.
“Habitat for Humanity very much wants to be a solution to this problem,” said Gwen Stephenson, executive director of Loveland Habitat for Humanity.
The flood affected Habitat homes in the state, but none in Loveland, Stephenson said.
Habitat affiliates will help repair and rebuild those homes, plus other non-Habitat homes in the flood-ravaged areas, including Loveland, Longmont, Boulder, Greeley and Estes Park.
Habitat for Humanity of Colorado is developing the Rebuild Colorado Three-Year Flood Recovery Plan, a statewide strategy outlining the vision and goals for short- and long-term flood recovery. Habitat for Humanity’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Response department will coordinate the recovery response, working with FEMA, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and local long-term recovery groups.
According to the plan, Habitat affiliates will repair and rehabilitate homes and build new homes, serving a minimum of 200 households. They also will help with cleanup efforts.
“A lot of this depends on funding through the state of Colorado,” Stephenson said, adding that the funding stalled because of the government shutdown. “We will have to have additional money to accomplish this. Our affiliate doesn’t have the funds set aside.”
The individual affiliates will be responsible for finding volunteer labor, Stephenson said.
The Loveland Habitat potentially will rebuild four homes in Loveland on Habitat-owned land, because the homes were in a destroyed neighborhood, Stephenson said.
“It really speaks to the crisis after the flood because of the lack of affordable housing in Colorado,” Stephenson said.
The Habitat affiliates also will help flood victims with a voucher program at the Habitat ReStore locations. The vouchers can be used for items lost or damaged in the floods.
The ReStores, including the one in Loveland, are asking the public to donate needed items, including clothing, furniture and household goods. For more information, go to habitat.org/restores.