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About ReBuild Colorado

In September 2013, unprecedented flooding across Colorado’s Front Range forced the evacuation of over 8,000 people, damaged or destroyed thousands of homes, and claimed 10 lives. The total impact to housing was estimated at approximately $676 million. In the three hardest-hit counties – Boulder, Larimer, and Weld -1233 homes either had major damage or were completely destroyed. The state’s action plan for the recovery effort describes the flood’s impacts in detail.

The disaster disproportionately affected low- to moderate income people, which comprised nearly three quarters of flood-affected households. In a region that already had an affordable housing crisis before the floods, vacancy rates dropped and rent prices rose further in the wake of the disaster. Many who were displaced from their homes have struggled to find housing they can afford. The impact of the flooding has also been felt by low-income families across the region who weren’t directly impacted but still have to meet their housing needs within an increasingly cost-burdened market. Many households pay close to half their monthly income for rent, making it very difficult to afford life’s other basic necessities.

In response to the disaster and the housing crisis, Habitat for Humanity initiated ReBuild Colorado with a three-year vision of serving 200 additional families in the flooded region through a combination of new home construction, repair, and rehab. Habitat for Humanity has been allocated $6 million in CDBG-Disaster Recovery funds that are being leveraged, along with contributions from other sources, to support the construction of more than 90 new homes. Repair and rehab work is being funded by private donations and other public funding sources.

While most projects will be completed in the hardest hit counties, all of Habitat’s work throughout the federally-declared disaster area will be a vital part of the region’s long-term recovery.


Volunteer Opportunities

Habitat for Humanity affiliates across Northern Colorado and the Front Range are building in communities that were impacted by the 2013 floods. Some are building with individuals or families whose homes were damaged or destroyed. All are working to increase the stock of affordable housing and help to relieve the housing crisis that was exacerbated by the disaster. Individuals or groups who would like to volunteer in a specific location may contact one of the affiliates below directly. Not sure where you’d like to volunteer? Email ReBuild@habitatcolorado.org for more information.

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New Home Construction

If your home was destroyed by the 2013 floods and you are interested in working with Habitat to build a new home on your own property, or if you were otherwise affected by the floods and are interested in owning a Habitat for Humanity home, please review the eligibility criteria. If you believe you meet the criteria, please complete and return the Habitat ReBuild Prequalification Questionnaire.

Repairs

Currently, Habitat’s repair work is limited to homes in Boulder County. For repairs in the St. Vrain school district, including Longmont, Lyons, and the Carbon Valley (Frederick, Firestone, Dacono), please contact Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley. For repairs in Boulder or Jamestown, please contact Flatirons Habitat for Humanity.

Outside of Boulder County, flood-related repair work is being completed by other agencies. For repairs in Larimer County, contact the Larimer County Housing Authority about the Larimer Home Improvement Program. In Weld County, contact the Greeley-Weld County Housing Authority.

What about other housing assistance?

Habitat for Humanity does not have funding for rental assistance, down payment assistance, relocation assistance, or the repair of rental units. For these types of aid, please contact the Long-Term Flood Recovery Group in your county. Click on the links below:

Residents of all other counties in the federally-declared disaster area should call Catholic Charities at 1-844-531-2345

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CU Veterans Help Habitat for Humanity

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Victims of 2013 flood celebrate new beginning through Habitat for Humanity

Bus Tarbox breaks ground on his new home from Habitat for Humanity, built after losing his home on the Big Thompson River in the 2013 flood. (Sam Lounsberry / Loveland Reporter-Herald) By the [...]

Flood-displaced family will return to Lyons’ first Habitat for Humanity home

Senior site manager Stephen Scott adjusts a bi-fold door in the Habitat for Humanity home at 121 Park St. in Lyons on Wednesday morning. The new 1,300-square-foot home is the first Habitat home in [...]

Habitat brings homes to flood survivors

Bus Tarbox plays his grand piano Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, as Joyce Kilmer listens at her rental home west of Loveland. One of the few things Tarbox was able to save after the flood [...]

Hoteliers gather to help local housing

Employees from three Loveland hotels, the Residence Inn, the Fairfield Inn and the Hampton Inn raise a wall Tuesday while buidling a Habitat for Humanity home with the help of other volunteers and staff [...]

Udall and Hickenlooper visit Longmont Habitat for Humanity

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