Earlier this year, many parts of Colorado Springs looked like a campground on a holiday. More than 600 homeless people camped along creek beds every night. In March, that all changed with the city's camping ban.
Many homeless were moved into motels as part of transitional programs. "We were... more »
Last week the Colorado Springs City Council passed an ordinance to ban camping on public property. This is in response to many "tent cities" that have sprung up in this recession.
A local real estate representative told News First 5 the tent city problem can be a negative for... more »
Josh Osborne has decided the way to help the homeless is to become homeless.
"You really don't know what a person needs by looking at them out there," says Osborne. "Go down there. Get to know them and do something about it."
Osborne has been living in a... more »
A city council vote on whether or not to enact a no-camping ordinance is just around the corner begging the question were will the homeless go? For around a month now the El Paso County Detox Facility has been taking homeless in as part of a sobering bed program. So... more »
It's an emerging problem in the already muddy waters of the no-camping ordinance debate. There's been a recent rash of violence among the homeless population. "The problem is becoming more and more obvious to the community." says Bob Holmes, a homeless advocate with Homeward Pikes Peak. "We do hear that... more »
It's no secret many of the homeless living in Colorado Springs have problems with drugs and alcohol. With the vote on the no-camping ordinance looming the question raised now is how and when can they find help? Homeless advocate Bob Holmes says it's a very personal decision. "They reach a... more »
It's a part of our community some would rather not talk about; the homeless camps along the creek beds. While it's never been a very clean community, the problem is getting worse as those camps grow. It's some of the most unsanitary conditions one could ever imagine. With the vote... more »
A concert is underway to help out the homeless.
The "Stay Human: Benefit for the Homeless" started at noon Saturday, and will go until 3 in the morning on Sunday
15 musicians and bands will be playing at the piano warehouse, behind the Pikes Peak Center.
They're... more »
Troy is one of literally hundreds of homeless who live along banks of Fountain Creek. Sub zero temperatures make every day along the creek bed a living hell. "We're trying to eat, keep warm and survive until the next day," he says.
Troy tells us every penny he gets... more »