Monday, February 22, 2016

City: Earmark $2.5 million for homeless campus

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 3:28 PM

click to enlarge Homeless and others sprawl on the sidewalks downtown. - COURTESY CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS
  • Courtesy city of Colorado Springs
  • Homeless and others sprawl on the sidewalks downtown.
The city wants to "invest" $2.5 million in federal funds in a homeless campus being proposed at the Springs Rescue Mission, 25 W. Las Vegas St.

The money would be used to construct facilities to expand the number of shelter beds by 150, along with providing other uses, such as showers and laundry areas.

There are several ways citizens can provide feedback on the proposal, as outlined in the city's news release below:
The City of Colorado Springs Community Development Division will propose a substantial amendment to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that, if accepted, would invest $2.5 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds currently available to the City for purposes of constructing 150 new shelter beds and a day center with showers, restrooms and laundry on the Springs Rescue Mission campus. The project would help provide stability to people experiencing homelessness. The campus plan, which also includes a kitchen and welcome center, is estimated to cost $13.8 million.

“When the City launched the Initiative to End Homelessness two years ago, this was the project we envisioned. The best way to move people out of homelessness is to offer them a safe place off the streets and a community of support. This is a compassionate and effective plan to fill a significant gap in the social safety net for people experiencing homelessness,” said Aimee Cox, Community Development Manager.

“Springs Rescue Mission deserves our praise and our investment. This campus will help our unsheltered residents address some of their basic needs and build positive relationships that can give our residents a chance at a good quality of life. This campus does that, and I give it my full support,” said Mayor John Suthers.

The public is invited to review and provide comment on the draft substantial amendment today through March 22. The City will host a public meeting Tuesday, March 15 to discuss the proposed actions to approve the substantial amendment to the City’s 2014 Action Plan which would facilitate investment in shelter beds and a day center for Colorado Springs. Additionally, City Council will conduct a public hearing on the issue April 12.

The draft substantial amendment will be available online through March 22 on the Community Development’s website, or by visiting one of the following locations Monday through Friday during normal business hours:

Community Development Division
30 S. Nevada Ave., Suite 604

Office of the City Clerk
30 S. Nevada Ave., Suite 101

City Hall
107 N. Nevada Ave #300

Penrose Library
20 N. Cascade Ave.

21st Century Library
1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Pikes Peak United Way
518 N. Nevada Ave.

Hillside Community Center
925 S. Institute St.

Westside Community Center
1628 W. Bijou St.

Meadows Park Community Center
1943 S. El Paso Ave

Meeting locations and dates:
March 15, 2016, 6-7 p.m.
Public Meeting for Substantial Amendment
City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. #300

February 22 – March 22, 2016
Draft Substantial Amendment available for public review
Aforementioned locations

April 12, 2016, on or about 1p.m.
City Council Public Hearing for Substantial Amendment
City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. #300

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the substantial amendment to the 2014 Action Plan to the City of Colorado Springs, Community Development Division and address them to Felix J. Lopez, (719) 385-6876 or All comments received on or before March 22, 2016 will be considered by the City of Colorado Springs, Community Development Division. Comments should specify the notice they are addressing.

In accordance with the ADA, this meeting will be held in an accessible location, anyone requiring an auxiliary aid to participate in this meeting should make the request as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event. Auxiliary aids could include, but are not limited to a sign language interpreter, CART Services or a loop system. Contact (719) 385-6876 or for more information.


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