homelessness

Panoramic picture of the Springs Rescue Mission, large building with walls of windows, while folks line up outside to go in.
Courtesy of Springs Rescue Mission

The City of Colorado Springs recently distributed more than $700,000 in grant funding to local organizations focused on issues of homelessness and housing stability.

The city received the money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The city's Community Development Division apportioned it among 11 organizations.

A photo the isolation shelter: a large auditorium with folks standing in a circle, wearing masks, with beds and tables along the walls.
Courtesy of Amber Ptak / Community Health Partnerships

The isolation shelter at the Colorado Springs City Auditorium for people experiencing homelessness and COVID-19 symptoms has seen around 30 people since opening April 5.

At this time, it's unknown if they were positive for the new coronavirus. Jennifer Mariano, director of homeless programs with Community Health Partnership, said the location recently received COVID-19 testing supplies, and will begin testing people this week.

Courtesy of City of Colorado Springs

The City Auditorium in downtown Colorado Springs is being converted to an isolation shelter for people experiencing homelessness who come down with COVID-19. It can house anywhere from 70 to 100 people. 

Panoramic picture of the Springs Rescue Mission, large building with walls of windows, while folks line up outside to go in.
Courtesy of Springs Rescue Mission

Homeless shelters in Colorado Springs and Pueblo are working to serve vulnerable populations even as their own funding and capacity is strained due to COVID-19.

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The city of Colorado Springs is holding a general election for mayor on April 2, 2019. There are four candidates in the race. 91.5 KRCC's Andrea Chalfin spoke with each of them, and condensed the interviews into the following highlights, including discussions on homelessness, the future of the city, and public safety, among other topics.

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Public libraries are a place to find answers—maybe for a research question or a book recommendation. But they’re increasingly places where people seek help locating social services, benefits and housing. And to better meet those needs, libraries across the country are adding social workers to their payroll. As of October, that includes the Pikes Peak Library District.

COS Homelessness Action Plan—What Has The City Learned?

Nov 15, 2018
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Colorado Springs has held several public town halls regarding the city’s Homelessness Action Plan for the coming year. The next meeting is Thursday, November 15. Andy Phelps, the city’s Homelessness Prevention and Response Coordinator, put the plan together. 91.5 KRCC’s Abigail Beckman sat down with Phelps to discuss the feedback he’s heard so far.

On services for families facing homelessness:

Andrea Chalfin / 91.5 KRCC

As Colorado Springs continues to grapple with a growing homeless population, City Council is looking at spending $500,000 to expand capacity at the city’s shelters.

Jake Brownell / 91.5 KRCC

Colorado Springs is launching a new program aimed at stemming panhandling and pushing money toward local aid agencies. City officials say it’s designed to encourage effective giving.

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A new pilot study from the Institute of Cannabis Research, or ICR, at Colorado State University Pueblo examines a wide range of topics, including the socio-economic effects of legalizing marijuana.

New Homeless-Focused Newspaper Releases Second Issue

Jan 30, 2017
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The Springs Echo launched in January. The idea is that people who would otherwise be panhandling can sell the papers instead.

Holly Pretsky / 91.5 KRCC

Colorado Springs City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to pass an ordinance that makes it illegal to stand on certain city medians. 

Holly Pretsky / 91.5 KRCC

Standing on certain medians in Colorado Springs streets could soon be illegal if a proposed ordinance passes at City Council.

Holly Pretsky / KRCC

 
According to a 2015 survey by a local advocacy group, there are more than 1,000 people experiencing homelessness in Colorado Springs. In the city, a new law that some say targets the homeless has now entered its enforcement phase.


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The Big Something Radio Programme, Episode 11

Dec 18, 2015

On this episode of The Big Something: In-depth Conversation on Culture and Ideas in the Pikes Peak region, we speak with outgoing Museum Director at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, Blake Milteer, and his soon-to-be successor, Joy Armstrong; Author Jonathan Marcantoni talks about his new book and the mentorship program that he created for aspiring writers; Author Jeffrey Hobbs speaks with fellow writer Helen Thorpe about his bestselling book, “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace,”; and Big Something intern Madi Howard brings us the story of a new publication devoted to amplifying the voices of the homeless in Colorado Springs.

 

Summit Looks to Address Homelessness

Oct 23, 2015

Community leaders in the Pikes Peak region are taking on the issue of chronic homelessness, and they're seeking public engagement at a summit in Colorado Springs.
 

A collaborative group called Continuum of Care is looking to create a 5-year plan for addressing homelessness in Colorado Springs and El Paso County.

Anne Beer is the Vice President of Income and Housing Stability at Pikes Peak United Way, which is helping to spearhead the initiative. She says finding housing and enrolling people in support services is only the first step.

Sit-Lie Ordinance Gets its Second Public Hearing

Sep 18, 2015
Matt Richmond / KRCC

Colorado Springs City Council is making changes to its controversial sit-lie proposal. The measure would restrict where people can sit and lie down in two of the city's commercial districts.

Officials are now lowering the penalties from possible jail time and a twenty-five hundred dollar fine to just a five hundred dollar fine.

The city hosted the second of two scheduled public meetings on the proposal on Thursday night in Old Colorado City.
 

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At an old prison in southeastern Colorado, an experimental new program is working to help chronically homeless people from around the state rebuild their lives. In episode 3 of Wish We Were Here, we tell the story of Fort Lyon, and ask whether it could be the beginning of the end of homelessness as we know it. 

Governor John Hickenlooper visited Las Animas today to recognize the first year anniversary of the Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community. KRCC’s Hannah Fleming reports.
 

The former prison and Veteran’s Affairs hospital in Bent County was repurposed to provide mental and health care services, as well as vocational training for homeless individuals. The 550-acre campus is serving more than 200 people, with a target capacity of 300.