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.
If you are a homeless service provider or health care provider seeking to refer a candidate to the Fort Lyon program, please contact our Referral Liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org or (719) 662-1162.
Fort Lyon Admissions Criteria:
Application must be completed in its entirety including referral source information.
When reviewing applications, the following criteria is used to determine acceptance.
- Most important: Applicant has a desire to work on recovery.
- Returning Residents should refer to the Readmission Policy.
- Homeless or at risk of losing their housing. An example of "at risk" might be someone couch surfing or living with someone that may be asking them to leave due to their SUD.
- 18 years of age or older.
- Colorado resident for at least 6 months.
- Admission cannot be a condition of probation or parole.
- If on parole or released from incarnation, there must be a minimum of 6 months of independent living prior to acceptance.
- Have no open cases. Applicant must have all cases closed prior to coming into program.
- No recent violent charges on background.
- We struggle with those with arson on their background since housing is our goal. If someone is really advocating and that is the only hold up, we will probably accept.
- No registered sex offenders.
- Mental Health Illness or tri-morbid clinical conditions are treatable by Psych/BHP/Medical Staff. Also, non-clinical staff can manage the behavior.
Other important information:
- It is very important resident arrives with at least thirty supply of all required medications and 30 refill.
- Detox requirements: Must be safely detoxed from their drug of choice. For illicit drug users, the detox period is 60 days minimum.
- We look at mobility issues. We want to welcome everyone, but applicant must understand this is a large campus and elevators may not be operating at times.
- Applications completed in its entirety.
- Negative COVID test 72 hours prior to van boarding.
- Negative TB test.
- Completed physical form (included in application).