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Return of Weber St. warming shelter a possibility for Salvation Army

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In April 2016, the Salvation Army stopped the service of its warming shelter on Weber Street. 

The organization says the shelter was only meant to serve a temporary purpose, but after one season without a warming shelter, there's a bigger need. 

'We're working closely with the city and the neighbors and other industries in town to provide a place for those people to stay in the winter time,' said Erin Kauffman with the El Paso County Salvation Army. 

The Salvation Army says some other organizations such as the Springs Rescue Mission and Care and Share Food Bank are working to get something up and going. 

As of now, there's no set date on when the re-open would happen, there are still a few more steps with the city the Salvation Army needs to figure out. 

'I think we're all, our heart aches for those that don't have a place to go in the winter,' said Kauffman. 

The total cost for running the warming shelter for 4 months is about $200,000-$250,000. 

Kauffman says the need is stronger than ever, with an estimated 400 people needing a warm place to sleep in Colorado Springs. 

The Salvation Army says the businesses near the Weber Street shelter have been good neighbors. 

The organization hopes that by bringing back the shelter, it can work with the city and the businesses to serve the need for the homeless population and be respectful of the people already there. 

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