Fort Lyon Program Referrals
If you are a person experiencing homelessness seeking recovery services, learn more about becoming a Fort Lyon resident here.
Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community provides recovery oriented transitional housing to people experiencing homelessness on a sprawling campus in Bent County, Colorado. The program combines housing with peer support, and educational, vocational, and employment services for up to 250 people currently or formally experiencing homelessness from across the state.
Residents are encouraged to stay for up to two years to recover and attain health stability. During their stay, residents fully engage in the operations of the campus including food services, facilities maintenance, grounds maintenance, housekeeping and wastewater management in conjunction with daily participation in peer support groups. Local colleges also provide training in computer technology, construction industries, health services, agricultural sciences, and more to interested residents.
Upon completion of the program, residents will be assisted to obtain housing and employment to their community of choice through partnerships with local and state-wide organizations. Qualified graduates may also attain housing subsidies through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to ensure long-term housing stability.
Fort Lyon is part of state and community efforts to repurpose the former Fort Lyon VA Hospital facility to meet the needs of people from across the state. Initial funding to establish and operate the Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community was provided by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, through federal, state, local and private sources including commitments from Bent County Office of Economic Development for local transportation.
In addition to Colorado Department of Local Affairs and Bent County Office of Economic Development, partners of the program include:
- Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center
- Colorado Health Care Policy and Finance Authority
- Colorado Division of Behavioral Health
- Lamar Community College
- Otero Junior College
- Prowers Medical Center
- Region Six Alcohol and Drug Abuse Corporation (RESADA)
- Southeast Health Group
- Valley Wide Health Systems, Inc.