Posted: Jan 27, 2010 8:19 AM by Associated Press
Homeless advocates are asking Colorado Springs officials to wait on a proposal to outlaw camping
on city property because there aren't enough shelter beds and they want time to prove it.
An official with the Colorado Springs Homeless Outreach Program & Empowerment group told the City Council Tuesday they don't believe there are 175 beds available for the homeless. That's the
estimate that was given to the city by Homeward Pikes Peak, a homeless services agency.
CS-Hope Executive Patrick Ayers says his group needs 30 days to get a better estimate. Homeward Pikes Peak says its count is accurate.
The City Council is expected to discuss the proposed no-camping ordinance on Feb. 9 but they say they first want to make sure there are enough beds for the homeless.