El Paso County Continuum of Care Receives $2.9 Million in Funding to Combat Homelessness Crisis

Marsha Jacobs
Published Feb 28, 2024



In a significant development to address the homelessness crisis in Southern Colorado, the El Paso County Continuum of Care has received a substantial grant of $2.9 million.

This funding will provide essential resources and support for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Colorado Springs.

The grant will be administered through organizations such as Homeward Pikes Peak, who will utilize the funds to provide housing assistance and other vital services to those in need.


Supporting At-Risk Populations

One of the primary beneficiaries of this generous grant is Homeward Pikes Peak, an organization dedicated to assisting at-risk populations.

With this funding, Homeward Pikes Peak will be able to offer housing assistance to individuals, families, and veterans. Importantly, the grant will also enable the renewal of existing grants for the El Paso County Continuum of Care.

Without these renewed grants, around 130 families would have been left without crucial support services.


Investing in Essential Resources

The grant money is not just limited to rental assistance; it will also be used to enhance and support essential resources.

A portion of the funds, approximately $480,000, will be allocated towards managing the Continuum of Care, including data analysis and evaluation of the funded programs.

This commitment to rigorous evaluation and analysis will ensure that the programs are effective and making a meaningful impact on the lives of the homeless population.


Homeward Pikes Peak Making a Difference

Homeward Pikes Peak has been at the forefront of providing critical support to households in need. Through their program, around 250 households receive assistance each year.

As households gradually improve their situations and gain a supportive income, they graduate from the program, allowing space for new households to enter.

This sustainable approach ensures that more individuals and families benefit from the services provided by Homeward Pikes Peak.


Conclusion

The $2.9 million grant received by the El Paso County Continuum of Care signifies a significant step towards combating homelessness in Colorado Springs.

With this funding, organizations like Homeward Pikes Peak can continue their vital work, providing housing assistance and essential resources to those in need. This investment not only offers immediate relief to at-risk populations, but also paves the way for long-term solutions to the homelessness crisis.

Together, with continued support and collaboration, we can make strides towards ensuring that everyone has a safe and secure place to call home.

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