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Pueblo Council votes to keep emergency warming shelter open

Emergency shelter in Pueblo
Posted at 5:27 AM, Nov 12, 2019

PUEBLO — The Pueblo City Council passed three emergency ordinances Monday night to keep an emergency warming shelter open for the homeless community until a permanent shelter is ready.

The emergency warming shelter is located on 901 W. 9th Street and has been open since Oct. 30.

Since then, it has housed about 40 to 50 people each night.

City Council passed three ordinances:

  • The first ordinance approved the location of the shelter
  • The second ordinance secured funding for the shelter
  • The third ordinance created an agreement between the City of Pueblo and the Pueblo Rescue Mission to provide different services

Costs for the shelter are estimated at most $80,000 to run until the permanent shelter is available.

The Pueblo Rescue Mission said most people using the shelter are from Pueblo.

"Of the 45 people surveyed on one night, 41 of those people have been in Pueblo over five years and the majority of the 41 individuals grew up in Pueblo," Kathy Cline, who works with the Pueblo Rescue Mission, said.

In June, the Pueblo Rescue Mission received $1.3 million from the state to help renovate the old Wayside Cross building on 4th Street into a permanent homeless shelter.

It is expected to open in late December.


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