Colorado

Mar 20, 2013 8:39 PM by Siera Santos, ssantos@koaa.com

Event aims to get chronically homeless off the streets

The fifth annual Project Connect at Colorado Springs City Auditorium brought together dozens of resources to help one of the citiest largest problems: homelessness.

"It is an open an open day for individuals who are seriously trying to get off the streets or who are seriously thinking about it to come in and get information," said Dr. Bob Holmes, the CEO of Homeward Pikes Peak.

Holmes organizes the event and has seen the homeless population decline. He said every time a chronically homeless person gets off the streets it saves tax payers about $60,000 a year in services.

"This is not charity this is a good investment in the community," Homes said.

Guides were giving tours during the event on Wednesday. One of them was Springs Rescue Mission resident David Darnell. He has been off the streets for ten months and credits the program and the faith of God.

"I've been in their shoes," Darnell said, "They can be help. There is help out there and they can lead a normal life."

 

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