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.
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.
- Berthoud Habitat for Humanity, building in Berthoud
- Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity, building in Empire and the Evergreen area
- Flatirons Habitat for Humanity, building in Jamestown and Boulder
- Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity, building in Fort Collins
- Greeley Area Habitat for Humanity, currently building in Greeley with the next project planned for Evans
- Loveland Habitat for Humanity, building in Loveland
- Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, building in the greater Denver area
- Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity, building in the greater Colorado Springs area
- Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley, building in Longmont, Lyons, and Dacono
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.
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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