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Colorado Springs shelters expand low-barrier beds 

click to enlarge THOMAS VOSS
  • Thomas Voss

Colorado Springs shelters took steps Nov. 1 to make more low-barrier beds available this winter, with Springs Rescue Mission opening 100 beds, and the Salvation Army Shelter & Services at R.J. Montgomery removing sobriety requirements for 120 of its existing beds.

By the end of the season, the Rescue Mission will open 50 more new beds, and all of the Salvation Army's 220 existing beds will become low-barrier.

The addition of low-barrier beds, funded in part by $500,000 from the city, comes after last year's Point-in-Time homeless count showed 100 percent of low-barrier beds were occupied on a single night in January, though some beds with higher barriers to entry remained empty.

The Salvation Army sold its properties at Weber and Cimarron streets last week, according to the Gazette. The buildings were used as emergency shelter facilities as recently as last year.

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