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Temporary, Emergency Homeless Shelter Site Identified

Released on Friday, August 21, 2020

The City and Fort Collins Rescue Mission have identified a site (1301 Blue Spruce Drive) for a new, temporary overnight shelter for those experiencing homelessness. The shelter would be in operation from September through the end of April.

An emergency ordinance will be brought to City Council on Tuesday, September 1, to allow this critical system gap to be filled and to support those without homes during the on-going Covid-19 pandemic and the upcoming winter months. The space will be leased from the Food Bank for Larimer County and managed by the Fort Collins Rescue Mission. This will provide a safe place to rest for over 100 of the most vulnerable members of the community.

The City has been following the guidance of public health agencies when supporting a community-wide response to the Covid-19 emergency, including for community members in need of shelter. Physical distancing requirements have reduced capacity at existing shelters, resulting in a need for more space. The City and community partners have been searching for an option for several months.

“We have been looking for potential temporary shelter locations since Northside Aztlan Community Center re-opened as a childcare and recreation facility,” said City Manager Darin Atteberry, “This will provide a safe place for those who need it most during this health crisis and also as we approach colder weather this fall and winter.”

More information will be available when the operations plan is finalized in the coming weeks.

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