Moffat County gets new community housing

On the 700 block of Yampa Avenue, two houses represent the past and future of Moffat County’s community housing organization.

One of those houses became a home, which was renovated by the Moffat County Chapter of Routt County Habitat for Humanity in 2007.

The other house, the abandoned and boarded-up Simmons House, is the next project for the Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing, formerly the Moffat County Chapter of Routt County Habitat for Humanity.

If you go

What: The Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing meeting

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: First Congregational Church of Christ, 630 Green St.

For more information, call 824-6836

With a new property and a new partnership with a national Christian nonprofit agency, the Moffat County Fuller Center is ready to move into the future of improving sub-standard housing for low-income families in the area.

In a news release, Fuller Center officials detailed its recent formation and the reasons behind the transition from a Habitat affiliate to a Fuller Center partner.

Five years ago, a volunteer group laid the groundwork for a Habitat for Humanity chapter in Moffat County.

According to the news release, there was a recent internal restructuring at Habitat International, which excluded the Moffat County organization from qualifying standards.

After considering its options, the Fuller Center for Housing was “agreed upon as the best suited organization for the local group to partner with to continue its mission in the local community,” according to the release.

The Moffat County Fuller Center will be the first Fuller Center partner in Colorado, joining more than 60 communities across the country and 16 foreign countries.

Neil Folks, a Moffat County Fuller Center board member, said the Fuller Center will offer various opportunities to meet the needs of Moffat County residents.

“After much deliberation and prayer, Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing decided the housing needs of people in the county and elsewhere are so great that more needs to be done to address these needs for decent, affordable shelter,” Folks said in the release. “Studies show that many current homeowners have desperately needed home repairs and renovations for which they have neither the money nor physical ability to do them.

“Through the Fuller Center’s Greater Blessing Program, for example, we will be able to provide assistance to the elderly, low income and people with disabilities, and fill a critical gap in support by doing much needed repairs or upgrades to facilitate the homeowner.”

He said a Fuller Center partnership means Moffat County will have access to information, training and funding.

However, according to the news release, organizing volunteers, fundraising and “nurturing families and building decent homes” will be the responsibility of the local affiliate.

Bobs Woods worked with the Habitat for Humanity affiliate for five years before it transitioned into a Fuller Center covenant partner.

“I think it’s essentially a better fit for the community,” Woods said about the recent changes.

As for the future, the Simmons House will be the focal point of building new housing, and the Fuller Center will look for a way to best use the property.

“We’re going to start taking a look at what we’re going to do with that,” Woods said of the Simmons House. “We’re going to make it into some sort of housing for the community and we have to decide that as a group.”

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