PUEBLO – The Pueblo City Council is expected to vote on yet another plan for an emergency warming shelter in the Steel City at a meeting on Monday.
The council is expected to vote on an emergency resolution to establish a shelter at an empty warehouse at the corner of West 9th Street and Blake Street. That location was offered by the building’s owner as a short-term option for this winter.
If the resolution passes, Pueblo City Councilmember Mark Aliff tells News 5 he thinks it could open in early-December, but if it fails, the city will shift its focus back to a plan to build tents to house the homeless.
The plan to house the homeless 40-foot by 40-foot military tents in the parking lot of the old Wayside Cross building was stopped due to difficulties in obtaining insurance. A proposal last month to purchase a vacant building on Chester Street was scrapped when it was discovered the property was located in a floodplain preventing the City from receiving federal assistance.
Either way, the Pueblo Rescue Mission would still need to obtain liability insurance for the chosen location.