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Transitional housing now available in Pueblo for homeless youth

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Homeless youth in Pueblo have a new place to call home. 

For the first time, Posada is offering transitional housing and services for struggling young adults. 

Tuesday was the grand opening of Nancy's Harbor, a new facility located at 2105 Norman Lane. 

It's a pretty big deal for the area as Nancy's Harbor is the only transitional housing facility for teenagers and young adults in southern Colorado. 

Before the opening, there was no housing program where young adults could be coached from homelessness into self-sufficiency. 

'"Do you have housing?" And, you know, sometimes we just have to say "No there is no vacancy right now."'

That's the kind of phone call Charlotte Bieber says she's received a lot over the past few months from homeless youth. Bieber is the youth program director for Posada. 

Anne Stattelman, executive director of Posada, said, "In the last point in time count Pueblo came up with the number of 173 homeless youth that need to be housed."

Trying to help homeless youth is a big need that Posada is trying to fill. Now, it's taking that need one step further with the opening of Nancy's Harbor. 

Bieber said, "This is the first time that we can take a youth, aged 18 through 24, and if they're homeless and they are motivated to be coached into self sufficiency we can get them applied into the program."

If accepted, at least five people could live at the house for up to two years. The transitional house has five large bedrooms and a communal lounge. 

Bieber said, "They'll be a lot of chores. They'll need to strive towards finding a job and helping build a savings account."

Daytime services such as showers and breakfasts will be offered for those not staying at the house.

Bieber said, "We help with building resumes, job searches."

The new program was made possible by the City of Pueblo, Posada, and donor Carolyn Jackson who purchased the house. 

Jackson said, "The reason I bought it is because my mother and father always gave me a good home for my brothers and myself...I would like it to enable kids to be self-sufficient in society and to be able to care of themselves, and to also have a really happy life."

Homeless teens and young adults can start knocking on the door of Nancy's Harbor starting Wednesday. 

For more information on how to get help from the facility or to volunteer click here
 

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