City of Colorado Springs brings together other organizations ahead of homeless camp cleanup

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The City of Colorado Springs sent out a notice on Monday stating an outreach event has been created to help the homeless as they get set to clean up a homeless camp.

A week before the posted cleanup date for the "Quarry," an area southeast of downtown, representatives with the city said they are connecting individuals experiencing homelessness with local non-profits. The event is scheduled for Wednesday.

“We are fortunate in Colorado Springs to have a number of well-qualified agencies that are prepared to offer services that can make a difference,” said Andrew Phelps, homelessness outreach and prevention coordinator for the city of Colorado Springs. “I’ve said before that camping is not a safe or dignified option, nor is it a legal one. By connecting the campers at the Quarry with qualified service providers, we hope we can get people out of the elements and connect them with services that can actually set them on the path to permanent housing.”

Among the non-profits providing outreach on Wednesday are the Salvation Army and the Springs Rescue Mission, which are working together to add a combined 320 additional low barrier shelter beds. The Rescue Mission’s 150 new beds will open on December 10. The camp has been posted for cleanup on December 11.

There are a number of other non-profits taking part including Aspen Pointe, Catholic Charities, Coalition for Compassion and Action, the Community Health Partnership, the El Paso County Department of Human Services, Homeward Pikes Peak, Peak Vista, RMHS Homes for All Veterans, Urban Peak and Westside Cares.

The State Health Department, the El Paso Department of Public Health will be offering Hepatitis A vaccinations.