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Colorado city OKs $500,000 for shelter beds

Author: Conrad Swanson - October 10, 2018 - Updated: October 29, 2018

A sea of bunk beds at Springs Rescue Mission in 2016. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

Colorado Springs will spend $500,000 more on shelter beds for homeless people, the City Council agreed Tuesday.

That money, combined with federal funds, is expected to create about 370 “low-barrier” beds to local shelters.

The Springs Rescue Mission will get 150 beds, and the Salvation Army will create 220 “low-barrier” beds, meaning admission will be based on behavior, not sobriety. Most of those 370 beds will be available next month, said Andrew Phelps, the city’s homelessness prevention and response coordinator. Another 150 beds are expected to be available after the start of the new year, Phelps said.

Conrad Swanson

Conrad Swanson