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Colorado Springs Homeless Response Action Plan
Last month, city staff developed the 2018-19 Homelessness Response Action Plan featuring “8 Points” to help people experiencing homelessness in Colorado Springs.   These goals include a work program for people experiencing homelessness, a comprehensive plan to create affordable housing and the designation of more resources to help neighborhoods clean up camps.  This initial plan ignored a very important, but invisible population:  FAMILIES.
We are excited to announce that the city has accepted a proposal to adopt a “Point 9”!  Drafted through a collaboration with Partners in Housing, Catholic Charities, Family Promise, The Salvation Army, and Colorado Health Partners, “Point 9” specifically address the needs of families experiencing homelessness.
The 2018 State of Family Homelessness in Colorado Springs states that the “safety net system for addressing family homelessness in Colorado Springs/El Paso County is diffuse and under-resourced in a number of important areas. Significant gaps exist in emergency sheltering, homeless prevention, transitional housing, and affordable, low-income housing.”  This collaborative proposal (linked above) not only provides data in the scope and impact of family homelessness, but outlines strategies to close these resource and service gaps.  Point 9, listed below, proposes a “20-40 Plan” to increase the number of family emergency shelter units AND 40 new Transitional housing Units.
9. Add emergency shelter and transitional housing units for families experiencing homelessness.
Homeless families often hide from counts like Point in Time for fear of having their children removed from their care. The more accurate measurement is performed by school districts which are required by the McKinney-Vento Act to perform annual counts of homeless students. The most recent of these counts in Colorado Springs identified 1,117 school age students experiencing homelessness (defined as living in cars, camps and shelters as well as “doubled up” with multiple families or precariously housed in motels).
Colorado Springs has no low barrier family shelter and has limited options that allow families to stay together. 118 families were turned away from emergency shelter between August and October of this year. Similarly, transitional housing providers lack the housing inventory to meet the need. Last year, at least 938 adults and 1,818 children were waitlisted due to lack of space.
According to the Urban Institute, “…ignoring family homelessness today will make single adult homelessness worse in the future, as children who experience long-term homelessness are five times more likely than their peers to become homeless as adults.”
The City will collaborate with service providers with a goal of adding an additional 20 single-occupancy family emergency shelter units and 40 new Transitional Housing units. Alongside agencies that provide homelessness prevention and case management for families, we will work to bring relief for this vulnerable and hidden homeless population.
Thank you to the City of Colorado Springs for hearing representatives of our city’s hidden, vulnerable homeless.  To read the full proposal:  State of Family Homelessness in Colorado Springs 
And for more information about the City’s Plan:  
https://www.fox21news.com/news/local/city-of-colorado-springs-outlines-homeless-action-plan-in-series-of-town-hall-meetings/1550721592

 

PIH Grants

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Partners in Housing Receives Grant to Support Homeless Families

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Partners in Housing Receives Grant to Support Homeless Families

(Colorado Springs, CO) – Partners in Housing announced today it has received a $75,000 Daniels Fund grant to support its Homeless Self-Sufficiency Program. Partners in Housing, who has been serving the Colorado Springs community for 25 years, helps homeless families with children achieve stability and break the cycles of poverty and homelessness. Read PIH Press...

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PIH Receives Grant from The Women’s Foundation of Colorado

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PIH Receives Grant from The Women’s Foundation of Colorado

News Release from The Women’s Foundation of Colorado – As we start the New Year with a strong sense of purpose and unwavering commitment to help women and girls in Colorado achieve economic self-sufficiency, we are pleased to announce that WFCO granted a total of $802,000 to 35 organizations in Q4 to help us fulfill our mission. Read our news...

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Gazette/El Pomar Empty Stocking Fund: Partners in Housing Interview

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Gazette/El Pomar Empty Stocking Fund: Partners in Housing Interview

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Support PIH through the CMHS Trees and Wreaths Sale!

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Support PIH through the CMHS Trees and Wreaths Sale!

  This holiday season bring the full density, natural beauty and rich fragrance of Nobel Fir Christmas Trees from the USA to your home. Proceeds are given to The Empty Stocking Fund to benefit many local human services charities, like Partners in Housing! Click on the order form below and thank you for your support! CMHS Trees and Wreaths Order...

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Lowe’s Heros, Partners in Housing Renovate Efficiency Apartments

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Lowe’s Heros, Partners in Housing Renovate Efficiency Apartments

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A Place to Call Home

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A Place to Call Home

Partners in Housing has been helping families get back on their feet for nearly 25 years. As Executive Director, Mary Stegner says, “Everybody who comes to us is homeless. Our goal is that they are never homeless again.”...

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A Path Towards Home

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A Path Towards Home

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, 220,000 people in families were homeless in 2014 on a given night, making up 37% of the total homeless population counted in the United States that year. Among El Paso County’s homeless population, many care providers have identified a large presence of families. Additionally, the Colorado Department of Education states that there were 2,786 homeless children in El Paso County in 2013. With such a large population of homeless youth and families in our own community, the obvious next...

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