City of Colorado Springs discusses tackling homelessness

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It was standing room only as hundreds of concerned local residents joined in on a community-wide conversation on homelessness.

Many high ranking city officials, including Mayor John Suthers, were present at the meeting.

“There’s heightened frustration,” said Mayor Suthers. “I think folks are a little less sympathetic.”

While the 2018 homeless population number in Colorado Springs wont be released until the end of May, Mayor Suthers says contrary to popular belief, the issue at hand isn’t as big compared to other neighboring cities.

“In relationship to our neighbors, they have a much more serious problem, that’s not to say we aren’t seeing an increasing levels of frustration among our citizens and anger about pan-handling, camping and stuff like that,” said Mayor Suthers.

Folks attending the meeting say they have mixed feeling on the topic, telling FOX21 they simply want answers.

“I’m not sure it affects my work, my family to a degree, other than I just want to know why is this happening and what are the solutions,” said Curtis Mayberry.

During the meeting, a panelist proposed adding more shelters, increasing the number of officers on the Homeless Outreach Team, and providing more resources.

Mayor Suthers says the city is constantly looking for solutions and they are doing whatever they can to fix the problem.

“I don’t buy the fact that we are back at square one, it’s obviously a continuing problem and we have to continue to make our best efforts to deal with it,” said Mayor Suthers.

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