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Outreach: Homeless Prevention Services

Outreach: Homeless Prevention Services 2019-05-20T17:37:31-07:00
Working to support families and prevent homelessness by providing assistance with rent, mortgage, utility, energy, medical, and crisis expenses. Families get the assistance and support they need when they need it the most.

Our community is stronger when we support each other in times of need. Outreach’s mission is to provide homeless prevention services to individuals and families experiencing a crisis in the San Luis Valley by providing assistance with rent, mortgage, utility, energy, medical and crisis expenses. We seek to give hope to families when they need it most. The Outreach Team works in partnership with clients to identify and overcome barriers so they can live self-sufficiently in an economically struggling community.

Why We Need Outreach Services?

Outreach Services was started in 1996 after observing that many of the individuals who came through our shelter doors might not have ever become homeless if they had received some assistance to keep them in their homes.

Outreach’s mission is to provide homeless prevention services to individuals and families experiencing a crisis in the San Luis Valley. In addition to providing veteran, rental, utility, medical, and crisis intervention assistance, and advocacy, the Outreach Team works in partnership with individuals to identify and overcome barriers and restores confidence in order to live self-sufficiently in an economically struggling community.  Outreach services aim to stabilize families on the brink of experiencing homelessness or assist families already experiencing homelessness with reintegration by providing assistance.

Rental Assistance provides community members with assistance at the onset of an eviction notice or on the brink of such a notice. Rental Assistant involves intensive case management as applicants are reviewed and followed up with through the process of working with landlords to secure housing.

Utility Assistance aids with utility bills such as heat, electric, propane, and diesel. We are also able to provide wood to those who need it for fuel.

Medical Assistance aids with immediate medical needs and gas vouchers to get to appointments.

Crisis Intervention helps when a community member is needing an ID, birth certificate, etc. Outreach is able to assist in acquiring such documentation.

Veterans Assistance: Provides a wide variety of services to veterans with documented proof of their honorable or OTH discharge status, including medical and non-medical gas vouchers, provisions for their home, interview or work clothing, help with tuition, and job training. Veterans assisted with this grant must have documented proof of their honorable or OTH discharge status either through their DD-214 paperwork or a letter from a V.A.’s office.

How Do We Meet That Need?

With grant support and the support of individual and group donors, Outreach Services is able to assist community members in a variety of ways:

Veterans Assistance

Provides a wide variety of services to veterans with documented proof of their honorable or OTH discharge status, including medical and non-medical gas vouchers, provisions for their home, interview or work clothing, help with tuition, and job training. Veterans assisted with this grant must have documented proof of their honorable or OTH discharge status either through their DD-214 paperwork or a letter from a V.A.’s office.

Rental Assistance

Provides community members with assistance at the onset of an eviction notice or on the brink of such a notice. Rental Assistant involves intensive case management as applicants are reviewed and followed up with through the process of working with landlords to secure housing.

Utility Assistance

Provides assistance with utility bills such as heat, electric, propane, and diesel. We are also able to provide wood to those who need it for fuel.

Medical Assistance

Provides assistance with immediate medical needs and gas vouchers to get to appointments.

Crisis Intervention

When a community member is needing an ID, birth certificate, etc. Outreach is able to assist in acquiring such documentation.

 All the above assistance depends on the availability of funds and resources. When clients’ needs are outside the scope of Outreach Services, caseworkers offer referrals to other relevant services throughout the Valley.

In addition to these regularly offered services, Outreach Services also offers a number of special programs. In August, backpacks and school supplies are provided to children heading back to school. In December, Outreach Services coordinates La Puente’s Community Christmas Party, complete with gifts for all, food, warm hospitality, and a visit from Santa. The program also gives out Easter baskets to children in need each spring.

Rural Outreach

Expands the regional safety net of services for individuals and families living off the grid in order to give consideration to health, safety, and general well-being while respecting the choice to live away from society.

What Can You Do To Help?

If you too would like to offer to hope to those when they need it most please consider Outreach services provide clients and community members with mattresses on a regular basis. We are always looking for donations of these items so that we can best serve our clients.

You can volunteer in La Puente’s wood lot.  Each year, Outreach assists hundreds of families with emergency firewood.  We are need of volunteers to buck and split logs that have been donated.

Outreach also could not do all that we do without the help of individual donors. We utilize individual donations in assisting with crisis intervention and helping clients on the road to self-sufficiency.

To apply for services, please contact us or stop by the Outreach Services office at 929 State Avenue.

Current hours are Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday 9-4

Wednesday 1-4 


Outreach Service Center
719-587-3781

 929 State Ave.
Alamosa, CO 81101
director.outreach@lapuente.net

Outreach Services is proudly supported by the following partners: