Diversion

We offer innovative programs such as relocation services, mediation, assistance to keep families with support systems, one-time transportation assistance, and help with the

VI-SPDAT — to address their needs in a cost-effective, targeted approach. If you need this service, click the get help button.

HOUSING RESOURCES. TRANSPORTATION. RAPID SUPPORT.

All of these things —and many others—are types of assistance that can get families on the path to stability. We address the barriers that families face by working with families and local partners to overcome them.

Studies show that cost of transportation has "prevented individuals' upward mobility out of homelessness". Lack of transportation can cause families to experience homelessness and then keep them unhoused. FPGD is the only provider of direct one-time transportation assistance in the city of Denver. We help keep families from entering the shelter system by evaluating families for rapid services like relocation/reunification to a different city or state with family or friends, helping with move-in rental assistance, like first months rent or security deposits, and other types of financial assistance or mediation. 

When families are experiencing homelessness,  it can be difficult to navigate the complex system that is low-income housing and assistance. In order to assist them through this process, we offer housing navigation. Families meet with our Housing Navigator to refer families to resources and help them complete the VI-SPDAT, a form that gets families into the OneHome housing navigation system that can potentially connect them to housing options.

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Rapid Resolution Program

  • The Goal: Identify quick housing options to divert families from the shelter system and into short-term or permanent housing.

  • Services offered: move-in rental assistance, family mediation, reunification/relocation, and limited rental/other financial assistance.

  • 4-5 families a month assisted with a security deposit or first months rent

  • Process: Families apply on our get help page or call in for assistance. A family advocate reaches out to confirm eligibility and assistance or the family gets a denial email if we're out of funding. Approved families come to our office to receive assistance or get rental payment wired/mailed to the property manager if seeking rental assistance.

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Transportation Assistance Program (TAP)

  • The Goal: Help families with transportation assistance and keep them housed

  • 10 families a month assisted with gas cards

  • Process: Families apply online on our get help page. They get a denial email if we are out of funding or a family advocate reaches out to meet with the family to fill out forms and coordinate delivery of gas cards.

  • A tank of gas can help families keep their jobs, save money for something else like food, or rent, and keep them housed. *Transportation assistance is fully funded by donors. 

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Housing Navigation

  • The Goal: Help families fill out the VI-SPDAT (Vulnerability Index - Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool) and connect families to resources and community partners to apply for housing.

  • 5 families a month are assisted with housing navigation

  • The Process: Families experiencing homelessness apply online or call to fill out an intake form. The housing navigator reaches out to confirm eligibility and set an appointment date. The appointment is completed and families fill out the VI-SPDAT and get resources to apply for housing. This is a one-time appointment and is not ongoing case management.