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Colorado Springs asks residents where $5 million should be allocated

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- How would you spend $5 million? That's what Colorado Springs is asking its residents.

Every year the City gets millions of dollars in federal funding to be distributed to affordable housing, homelessness prevention, economic development, non-profit assistance, and neighborhood improvements 

A policy analyst with Colorado Springs Barb Van Hoy says the city is asking people to go online and fill out a quick survey of how they think those funds should be spent. “We want to get citizens' input on the very best possible way to spend them in the communities that need them the most,” Van Hoy says.

In the past, Van Hoy says people typically chose to allocate money towards an issue everyone in the Springs has experienced. “One of the big stories of course in Colorado Springs is the price of housing has just been going up and up,” Van Hoy says.

This year, with Coronavirus on everyone's minds, Van Hoy anticipates housing will be focused on once again.

“The pandemic is going to continue to have a huge impact on issues around affordable housing and homelessness and food needs assistance, other public services,” Van Hoy says.

Citizens have until December 11th to fill out the survey. There will also be a virtual meeting on Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. where people can attend and also express their opinions.

Colorado Springs / Local News

Chase Golightly

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11 Comments

      1. Affordable Housing , when you look around and see 1300 and up for a room there is something wrong . people used to just use fast-food as a starter but now its a way of living but in that field you have to work 3 jobs to just survive

  1. Give it to the low income / poor. They will use this money to pay their bills and try to get caught up. This action will have a trickle up effect to the entire economy. The more money they have, the more money they use. The more money they use, the more money is put back into the local market(s). The more money in the local market(s), the better our community will do in recovering.

    Helping the neglected will only better our community, put the money where it needs to go, to those truly in need.

    1. In five years time cheap homes went from 125k to 250k. COS is eating the poor to pay for our ‘lets be Denver’ economy.

    2. Trickle up? Lol. That’s just as dumb as building a wall on the border with Mexico. Quite a few people are poor because of stupidity: spending money on cigarettes, booze and even cash advance companies. Using your logic we can help quite a few poor by eliminating taxes on tobacco and alcohol. We can call it trickle up economics.

  2. Use the money to build something(s) of permanence that all residents can enjoy. Some money should go towards making Prospect Lake in Memorial Park healthy again, free of toxic algae.

    Giving it to the poor is a waste because long term returns are nill, they will still be poor and needing. There are charities and city funds already in place to help them.

  3. change the Printer’s Park Home into an active re-hab
    for women and women with young children.
    Get the ladies off the street and leave the bunkhouses to the men.

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