2020 Community Development Projects

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The City’s Community Development Division manages three types of funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address the issues of housing, homelessness, economic development opportunities and quality of life in our community:

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • HOME Investment Partnership (HOME)
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

Priority Needs and Goals

Community Development conducts a community needs assessment to identify goals and priority needs for funding. These are found in the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan (link). Projects chosen to receive funding must align with these five priorities and their associated goals:

1. Improved Public Infrastructure & Facilities

1A. Expand Public Infrastructure

1B. Improve Public Infrastructure Capacity

1C. Improve Access to Public Facilities

2. Increased supply of Affordable Housing

2A. Provide Owner Occupied Housing Rehab

2B. Increase Homeownership Opportunities

2C. Increase Affordable Rental Housing Options

3. Public Services & Quality of Life Improvements

3A. Provide Supportive Services for Special Needs

3B. Provide Vital Services for LMI Households

4. Neighborhood Economic Development Opportunities

4A. Direct Assistance to For-Profit Businesses

5. Homeless Housing & Supportive Services

5A. Provide Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Assistance
5B. Provide Assistance for Street Outreach and Homeless Shelters

Projects

Activities selected for funding in the 2020 program year (April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021) are listed here by project heading:

  • CDBG: Housing Programs
  • CDBG: Public Services   
  • CDBG: Public Facilities & Infrastructure 
  • CDBG-CV Public Services (CARES Act Coronavirus Response Funds)
  • HOME: Non-CHDO Development Activities (A Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) is a special type of private nonprofit entity.)        
  • HOME: Homebuyer Assistance Program
  • HOME: Tenant Based Rental Assistance
  • ESG: Homeless Housing and Services

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG): Housing Programs

Brothers Redevelopment 
Funding awarded for housing rehabilitation services for very low- income residents with special needs to improve residential safety and accessibility.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG): Public Services

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado / Client Services / Family Connections

Funding awarded for case management and client support activities focused on housing counseling and navigation, as well as other housing stability enhancing supports.             

Community Partnership For Child Development / Early Head Start Classrooms

Funding awarded for Early Head Start classrooms serving low-income children birth to age three.

Family Promise / New Promise Family Shelter

Funding awarded for New Promise Family Shelter to provide low barrier, family shelter in Colorado Springs for families with children facing homelessness.         

Independence Center / Housing Program

Funding awarded for Independence Center Housing Coordinators to assist clients with housing vouchers to find and maintain housing. Clients are people with disabilities, including families and seniors, whose income is at or below 30% of area median income.

Lutheran Family Services / KPC Respite Center   

Funding awarded for Lutheran Family Services to provide emergency child care and transportation for parents in housing crises to proactively manage and stabilize their housing.

Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center / Housing Stability Services 

Funding awarded for Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center to provide housing stability services facilitated by the Veterans and Family Resource Center for vulnerable veterans and their families.

Salvation Army / Low-Barrier Shelter

Funding awarded for Low-barrier emergency shelter consisting of 120 shelter beds will be provided.          

Springs Rescue Mission / Low-Barrier Shelter      

Funding awarded for a security team to provide for low-barrier emergency shelter with 180 beds.

Sunshine Home Share Colorado / Affordable Senior Housing       

Funding awarded for Sunshine Home Share to connect adult homeowners age 55 and older with eligible home seekers who provide rental income and assistance with home care and maintenance to support their ability to age in place.

The Place / Emergency Shelter  

Funding awarded for The Place to operate a year-round emergency youth shelter that prepares youth experiencing homelessness to leave the dangers of the street life, reunite with family, or take steps toward self-sufficiency.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG): Public Facilities & Infrastructure

Acacia Park Apartments

Funding awarded for The Colorado Springs Housing Authority to contract maintenance for the Acacia Park Apartments for boiler replacement and tuck pointing repairs.

Mill Street Lighting         

Funding provided to install 24 streetlights and upgrade 77 streetlights to support implementation of the Mill St. Neighborhood Plan.                

Springs Rescue Mission / 5 West Welcome Center            

Funding awarded for Springs Rescue Mission to renovate existing space at its 5 W. Las Vegas Street facility to create a 3,500 square foot Welcome Center with one acre of site development for additional services including: dog kennel/run, 228 guest storage lockers, and guest courtyard.

CDBG-CV Public Services (CARES Act Coronavirus Response Funds)

Atlas Preparatory School / CORE Program             

Funding awarded for a new Family Programs Coordinator to provide resources, connections to outside organizations, access to our on-site food pantry, and on-campus workshops through the CORE Program.

Care & Share / Mobile Food Banks

Funding awarded for bags of nutritious food to be distributed to El Paso County neighbors impacted by COVID-19 through a new Mobile Market.

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado / Family Connections

Funding awarded for direct rent/mortgage assistance to be provided to prevent a slide into homelessness for households making 60% or below area median income (AMI) who have experienced a loss or reduction of Income due to the coronavirus.

Colorado Health Network / Emergency Housing Assistance

Funding awarded for rental subsidy payments and subsistence payments (including mortgage and utility payments) to be provided to prevent homelessness for people living with HIV (PLWH) who have lost wages during COVID-19, and whose health and housing are impacted by the pandemic.

Community Partnership for Child Development / Mental Health Childcare

Funding awarded for a Behavioral Health Program, incorporated into all of CPCD's early childhood education classrooms, to support children's short- and long-term mental health and well-being.

Family Promise of Colorado Springs / Heart in Home Homeless Prevention Shelter Diversion        

Funding awarded for a homeless prevention and shelter diversion program to engage families experiencing housing instability prior to home loss. Services include direct financial assistance, mediation (usually between family and landlord, and a minimum of 3 months of step-down in-home case management to address the cause of housing instability.

Greccio Housing / Rental Housing Subsidies        

Funding awarded for qualified residents earning a modest income to receive up to three months of rental assistance and one year of intensive case management focused on bridging the life disruption. The program is extended to serve low-income families in Colorado Springs who are not cost burdened by their rent.

Partners in Housing / Family Self-Sufficiency Program

Funding awarded for Internet services to be installed in all properties and households equipped with computers or tablets so that they may work from home, attend school from home, access healthcare, and access benefits. Access to services such as money mentoring, life skills classes, WorkIt employment services, child care and school assistance, and the platform for requesting maintenance on their housing will be provided.

Silver Key Senior Services / Nutrition Program

Funding awarded for a new system of distribution for the food pantry (express Lane curbside and home delivery) developed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, serving seniors and their dependents.

Silver Key Senior Services / Food Pantry

Funding awarded for nutritious food to be provided to seniors Monday-Friday, with nutrition staffing, food, packaging and other supplies, to plan, order, and prepare meals to meet the increased demand due to COVID. 

TESSA / Domestic Violence Client Advocacy

Funding awarded for two full time, floating/mobile staff will provide advocacy services for clients including, but not limited to safety planning, information and referrals, assistance with the protection order process, court support, victim outreach, assisting walk in clients, providing office hours at off-site and satellite locations.

HOME Investment Partnership: Non-CHDO Development Activities

The Commons - Permanent Supportive Housing

This housing development will provide permanent supportive housing, with 50 units, for chronically homeless families, individuals, and veterans.

Shooks Run Apartments

The Shook's Run Apartments is a proposed affordable housing apartment community with 40 units for families.

Atrium at Austin Bluffs  

Atrium at Austin Bluffs is an affordable housing infillDevelopment of vacant land within previously built areas. These areas are already served by public infrastructures, such as transportation and utilities. Parks and open space are also considered infill, since they are permanent uses for vacant parcels. project offering 54 units serving seniors. It has been awarded a Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC).

Creek at Cottonwood    

The Creek at Cottonwood is a proposed affordable housing development with 258 units comprised of one, two, and three bedroom units. It has been awarded a Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC).

HOME Investment Partnership: Homebuyer Assistance Program

Down Payment Assistance Program

Funding is provided to Mountain Community Land Trust and Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity to provide down payment assistance for low to moderate income families.

HOME Investment Partnership: Tenant Based Rental Assistance

Colorado Springs Housing Authority

Funding supports a rent subsidy program that assists eligible low-income persons and their families in obtaining affordable, decent, and safe housing by paying a portion of their rent.

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG): Homeless Housing and Services

ESG Homelessness Prevention

Funding awarded for Family Promise’s Heart in Home homeless prevention and shelter diversion program to provide direct financial assistance; mediation services and in-home case management to address the cause of housing instability and ensure long-term housing stability.

ESG-CV Homelessness Prevention

Funding awarded for Partners in Housing Homelessness Prevention to assist families who have a documented COVID-19 related need for homeless prevention or relocation assistance. Funds will be used to help families stay in their homes and minimize disruption from the financial fallout of COVID-19.

ESG Shelter        

Funding awarded for Springs Rescue Mission will maintain 180 beds nightly for Low-Barrier Emergency Shelter.

The Place Emergency Youth Shelter will serve youth age 15-24 experiencing or at risk of homelessness in the Pikes Peak region, year-round, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

ESG-CV Homeless Isolation Shelter (Temporary Shelter / Operations)

Funding awarded for the Homeless Isolation Shelter (HIS), a City-directed shelter activity undertaken to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus by isolating carriers or symptomatic homeless individuals. Daily operations of the HIS are overseen by Springs Rescue Mission.

ESG-CV 2020 Homeless Isolation Shelter Transportation (Temporary Shelter / Essential Services)

Funding awarded for Envida to provide transportation for clients to and from the Homeless Isolation Shelter, ensuring a driver is available from 7am to 10pm daily and providing materials necessary to transport clients in safety, such as sanitizer for buses, masks, gloves, etc.

ESG-CV 2020 Homeless Isolation Shelter Meals (Temporary Shelter / Operations)

Funding awarded for Catholic Charities of Central Colorado to recruit and manage volunteers; secure food; coordinate, pack and schedule delivery; in order to provide breakfast and lunch meals for Homeless Isolation Shelter clientele.

ESG-CV 2020 Domestic Violence Victims Emergency Shelter

Funding awarded for TESSA Emergency Shelter to provide immediate safe shelter for victims of domestic violence in the Safehouse, and long-term assistance through housing and utility assistance.

ESG-CV 2020 Youth Emergency Shelter

Funding awarded for The Place's Emergency Youth Shelter to serve youth age 15-24 experiencing or at risk of homelessness in the Pikes Peak region. Funding supports added COVID-19 safety measures.

ESG-CV 2020 Emergency Shelter

Funding awarded for Springs Rescue Mission Emergency Shelter to continue care for area homeless during the COVID-19 public health crisis and ensure that the most vulnerable have access to safe, clean shelter, nutritious meals, hygiene care (showers, laundry, restrooms, hand washing stations), health services, compassionate care and connecting services in the context of COVID-19 informed program delivery.

Street Outreach

Funding awarded for The Place to connect youth to the comprehensive services provided at The Place through its Street Outreach program. Throughout the year, five days a week, a team of qualified, trained staff frequent the areas where homeless youth stay. This Outreach Team helps break down many barriers of trust while meeting the basic, immediate needs of youth with clothing, food, blankets, and resource referrals.

Rapid Re-Housing

Funding awarded for The Place Rapid Re-housing to provide rent and utilities assistance, and a moderate level of case management support to youth for up to a 24-months but typically 12 months or less. Rapid Re-housing assistance is provided to clients who are currently experiencing homelessness.

Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Administration         

Funding awarded for Community Health Partnership (CHP), the Lead Administrator for the Pikes Peak Region Continuum of Care, to provide HMIS administration services. HMIS will be used to help prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19 by tracing interactions among clients for contact tracing; identifying the most vulnerable clients for targeted services and/or proactive connection to resources, and; track primary and sub-granted funding for accountability to program objectives.