Homelessness in Colorado Springs continues to be a prevalent issue in the community.
In May, the United Way released the results of the annual "Point in Time" survey, and the numbers showed an increase homelessness in the Springs.
One group within the homeless population that is particularly concerning for advocates is the youth. This group would range from about 13 to 24 years old.
Despite the increase in homelessness, Colorado Springs is showing positive signs of helping youth overcome homelessness. For example, the number of individuals being connected to targeted outreach is on the rise.
The organization, Urban Peak, offers services specifically for youth that include outreach, a shelter, and even a housing program. "Our program is basically to help youth exit homelessness and live a self determined life," said Andy Peterson, Director of Development at Urban Peak. "We say that so they don’t become perpetually homeless as adults. We have the programs to be able to do that."
The organization’s board recently approved moving forward with a drop-in shelter that would include medical care, employment help and outreach, and would serve as a warming shelter in the winter.