PUEBLO – The Steel City is one step closer to opening a temporary warming shelter for the homeless population this winter.
On Monday, the Pueblo City Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance declaring emergency and allowing plans to move forward at a warehouse near West 9th Street and Blake Street.
Last week, the owner of the warehouse made his property available and offered it up for the four to five months it would take to get through the winter. Prior to that, plans were approved to setup warming tents in the parking lot of the old Wayside Cross Rescue Mission. However, organizers looked at the warehouse property and believe it’s the best option for a short-term warming shelter.
Councilman Mark Aliff said, “What we have to do next is negotiate with the Pueblo Rescue Mission who’s going to operate the shelter. We still have some loose ends to tie up with the landlord. As soon as that’s done and a few minor repairs to the building we ought to be able to move forward.”
Exactly when the shelter will open is still to be determined. News 5 will keep you updated on this developing story.