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IQ: Gimme shelter 

The problems of homelessness and lack of affordable housing continue to grow as Colorado Springs prospers.

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Dave Duff


Manager

Neighborhood: Broadmoor


How well has the city government dealt with the homeless here recently? Not particularly well. I think a bit heavy-handed, moving folks off the street without any real place in line to make them reasonably comfortable in the cold weather.

What should be done to assist the homeless? Give them a fishing rod, not a fish. Give them a job or the ability to uphold a job.

Does it make sense to tear down houses for a homeless shelter? If it's your house you certainly don't want it torn down for any reason, but on the other hand it appears that we have to have some sort of facility somewhere.

What should the city be doing to preserve neighborhoods? Well, I'm a capitalist at heart so I believe that economic development is the answer to a lot of social ills. If there are neighborhoods that are down on their luck, on a downhill run, then I believe in a free-market solution for the most part.

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Mike Feeney


Attorney

Neighborhood: Hawkridge


How well has the city government dealt with the homeless here recently? I have no way of measuring how well they have dealt with that.

Does it make sense to tear down houses for a homeless shelter? It depends on the houses you're tearing down. If there are homes or even businesses, buildings, that aren't being used and there is a need for a warm bed, for a homeless shelter, then that might make sense.

What should the city be doing to preserve neighborhoods? I think really the best thing you could do to preserve the downtown area is make downtown more of a booming economic area, attract businesses. If you attract businesses down here, then you bring up the whole level of the downtown area.

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Roxanne Ferguson


Computer technician

Neighborhood: Woodland Park


How well has the city government dealt with the homeless here recently? Probably mostly ignored. I don't think that the city has really dealt with the problem and if they ignore the problem long enough, maybe it will go away.

What should be done to assist the homeless? There are probably not enough shelters or resources that they can use to work some of the homeless back into the mainstream.

Does it make sense to tear down houses for a homeless shelter? Well, if the houses are only adequate for a few people and a shelter would accommodate several, then I would say it would.

What should the city be doing to preserve neighborhoods? Probably offer some incentives for people who are willing to rehabilitate homes and businesses in those areas.

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