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Oct 9, 2017

New Veterans Housing Slated for Colorado Springs

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For years, leaders in Colorado Springs, Colorado have been worried about the number of homeless veterans in the city and what can be done to help them.

Now, the Pikes Peak United Way of Colorado Springs has announced plans to build a $11.6 million facility that will serve as permanent housing for area veterans.

What is being called Freedom Springs will be a three-story structure housing 50 individual units. Those units are expected to provide housing for up to one hundred veterans.

The building will go up in a residential section of Colorado Springs at 850 Western Drive, roughly 3 miles to the north of the Peterson Air Force Base.

The land for the project has been donated by Colorado Springs real estate broker Leroy Landhuis, with the construction of the facility being financed through low income housing tax credits that have already been approved by the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority.

Work on the new facility is expected to begin by early next spring and take about 12 months to complete.

How many homeless veterans there are in Colorado Springs remains unknown.

Every October, an event sponsored by the Colorado Springs-based El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition distributes free clothing and goods, attracting anywhere from 150 to more than 200 veterans.   

 

By Garry Boulard

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