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Vote on new Pueblo homeless shelter location expected Monday night

Posted at 7:04 AM, Nov 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-26 09:23:41-05
Possible warming shelter location
Photo of the possible location for a warming shelter in Pueblo

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.

KOAA News 5 will be at the meeting and we will provide continuous updates on the KOAA News 5 app and the KOAA News 5 twitter account.