by Sandi Austin

Imagine not being able to afford a roof over your head. The ever-increasing cost of living is posing a hardship on low-income families, the disabled and the elderly. In fact, the City of Longmont has determined that the number of these people facing homelessness is on the rise.

Four years ago, and after a portion of the property at Longmont’s United Church of Christ was transferred to the Inn Between, the Micah Project came into being, building six permanent apartment units for low-income, disabled and the elderly.

As the director said in an online video, “We care. That’s why we are here.” Named the Micah Project after the Bible book of the same name, the organization seeks to do justice and defend the rights of the poor by helping those struggling to find a place to call home.

The Micah Project serves as a model for the partnership between businesses, nonprofits, and the community to show how these entities can come together to serve those in need.

One such couple in need, Paul and Roberta, became the first residents of the Micah apartments after they found refuge at the Inn Between. They had owned their own home and were living a good life until Paul got hurt and became permanently disabled. They lost their home and spent over a year living in a camper. Now they are thankful to have a permanent, affordable Micah Home apartment.

The Micah Homes Project is making a name for itself by being nominated for a 2020 Eagle Award from Housing Colorado. The Eagle Award represents one of the highest achievements in the Colorado housing community and celebrates extraordinary accomplishments and outstanding leadership in the housing and support services.

A change in circumstances can happen suddenly, and volunteering at the Micah Project is a way of giving back and using talents and time to make a project happen – to make a permanent, forever home for people. If you are interested in volunteering for the Micah Project, or for questions, contact katie@innbetween.org or call her at 303-684-0810.

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