City of Colorado Springs outlines homeless action plan in series of town hall meetings

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The City of Colorado Springs is holding six town halls to focus on downtown-related issues, including homelessness.

Thursday night, it was a packed house at City Hall in downtown Colorado Springs. The room was full of business owners, downtown neighbors and those experiencing homelessness.

The Action Plan for Homelessness Response, put together by the City of Colorado Springs, has eight goals, and they want residents’ feedback. 

Those eight goals are:

  • Goal 1: Continue educating the public via the HelpCOS campaign.
  • Goal 2: Add an additional 370 low-barrier shelter beds.
  • Goal 3: Implement a homeless outreach court.
  • Goal 4: Establish a veteran incentive fund.
  • Goal 5: Develop a comprehensive affordable housing plan.
  • Goal 6: Support funding for homeless work program with area nonprofit.
  • Goal 7: Add neighborhood service staff to aid in cleaning up illegal camps.
  • Goal 8: Develop concept for a “HelpCOS Ambassador Team” for the Downtown and Old Colorado City areas.

>> Tap here to download and read the full City of Colorado Springs 2018-2019 Action Plan for Homelessness Response.

There will be four more town halls where you can make your voice heard. Each town hall is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

  • November 15 at the Police Operations Center at 705 South Nevada Avenue
  • November 28 at Patty Jewett Golf Course at 900 East Espanola Street
  • December 5 at Fire Station 8 at 3737 Airport Road
  • December 13 at Westside Community Center at 1628 West Bijou Street

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