Tent city grows as crews work on Colorado Springs shelter

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (AP) - A collection of tents have popped up in Colorado Springs just feet from where construction crews are working to complete a new homeless shelter.

The Gazette reports that about 45 tents have appeared in downtown Colorado Springs near the site of the Springs Rescue Mission shelter, which is expected to be open before winter storms come to town. Once open, the new shelter will provide 260 new beds for homeless people currently living on the streets.

The tent city is expected to grow as delays may push back the shelter's projected Nov. 1 opening date.

Springs Rescue Mission officials say the project was originally slated to open in 2018, but was fast-tracked for a November opening day, however permitting issues delayed construction.


Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com

Copyright 2016 Associated Press


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