For families seeking affordable housing in Fort Collins, the best option might be to start searching somewhere else. While the city recently announced it would bump up its assistance to $15,000 for qualified families, the stock of homes meeting program criteria is almost nonexistent.
According to a KUNC search of available properties that meet the city's Homebuyer Assistance Program standards (the sale price must be under $237,500), there are 10 available properties in town that fit that requirement.
"Historically, the program has helped up to 40 households a year when there is sufficient affordable inventory," said Beth Rosen, the city's affordable housing administrator. "In 2014, I was only able to assist 8 households. In 2013, I assisted 15."