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Preventing and Ending Homelessness continues to be a top priority for the Community Development Division in 2017

Goal 1) Provide for Homeless Prevention Services
  • The City shall make investments in facilities and services that help to prevent homelessness.
Goal 2) End Homelessness
  • The City shall utilize funding to provide for services and facilities to assist persons and families who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.
Goal 3) Provide for Rental Assistance for Homeless Persons
  • The City shall utilize a portion of its funding each year to provide for Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) to assist persons and households who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) provides federal funds to assist individuals and families to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness. ESG funds five program components:

  • Street outreach
  • Emergency shelter
  • Homelessness prevention 
  • Rapid re-housing assistance 
  • Data collection via Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)

ESG Written Standards 

The City of Colorado Springs has developed written standards for providing assistance with Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funds. These standards were created in coordination with the Pikes Peak Continuum of Care (PPCoC) which includes nonprofit and for-profit homeless service providers inclusive of health, mental health, and substance abuse providers, local, state and federal government representatives, businesses and corporations, philanthropic organizations and individuals, and persons currently or having formerly experienced homelessness within the CoC geographic area. These written standards are subject to periodic updates.

Pikes Peak Continuum of Care (CoC)

The Pikes Peak Continuum of Care exists to end homelessness in the Pikes Peak Region, represented by a network of stakeholder groups, including the City of Colorado Springs Community Development Division, as a member of the Pikes Peak CoC Strategic Planning Committee.  A Strategic Plan created in the Spring of 2016, details regional coordination and solutions targeted towards individuals and families experiencing homelessness.  
 
Counting the Homeless
The Pikes Peak United Way administers an annual Point-In-Time Survey to count Sheltered and Unsheltered persons in the Colorado Springs area. Below are highlights from the most recent count.
 
Totals:   
  • 1,415 Total Number of Persons
  • 522 Female, 884 Male, 7 Transgender, Gender Doesn't Identify 2
Youth:
  • 99 Youth-Only Households (includes only households where all household members are under the age of 25 and has two HUD defined categories - Parenting and Unaccompanied.)
Veterans:
  • 168 Total Number of Persons
Chronic Homeless
  • 374 Chronically Homeless Individuals
    • Disabling conditions (note: a person can have more than one disabling condition, that is why these numbers add up to more than 374 people.)
      • 118 physical
      • 42 developmental
      • 101 chronic health
      • 1 HIV/AIDS
      • 120 mental illness
      • 108 PTSD
      • 83 bipolar
      • 97 alcohol or drug abuse
    • 139 Victims of Domestic Violence