Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Colorado Springs announces progress on homelessness

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The city launched a volunteer clean-up program, in partnership with Springs Rescue Mission, to help people staying at the homeless shelter gain work experience that could provide a bridge to successful long-term jobs.

Crews of Rescue Mission residents involved in the HelpCOS My City Project will collect trash once a month in the Mill Street neighborhood south of downtown, the city announced Dec. 3. The volunteers will receive work referrals and a reserved space at the shelter in exchange for participating.

In a statement announcing the partnership, the city also noted that $500,000 from the general fund will be dedicated to increasing low-barrier shelter bed capacity next year.

Meanwhile, a local agency that is part of the Homeless Family Solutions Collaborative plans to open a low-barrier family shelter later this month.

“I’m encouraged by the progress we have made this year on addressing homelessness in a meaningful and sustainable way,” Andy Phelps, the city’s homelessness prevention and response coordinator, said in the statement.

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