Building Brighter Futures: Colorado Springs Invests in Community with CDBG Funding

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~ Colorado Springs, CO - As the 50th anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) approaches this April, the City of Colorado Springs is proud to highlight the impact of this federal program on its local community. Through the City's Housing and Community Vitality Department, CDBG funding has been dispersed to various organizations that are dedicated to providing support and resources to those in need.

The City's strong network of organizations includes a local food pantry, a family shelter, a pathway to employment program, and a recovery support program. Each of these programs plays a crucial role in changing lives and strengthening the community. Without their hard work and dedication, the CDBG funding would not have such a meaningful impact.

In 2023 alone, CDBG funding has empowered several organizations in Colorado Springs. The Community Economic Defense Project was able to expand its eviction prevention services, while Salvation Army received funding to provide shelter for families facing homelessness. Forge Evolution also received a grant to offer behavioral health services to teens in their programs, helping them overcome challenges and build resilience.

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The Center for Employment Opportunities was another beneficiary of CDBG funding, allowing them to continue offering transitional jobs and vocational services to formerly incarcerated individuals seeking employment. Additionally, Community Partnership for Child Development (CPCD) launched a Parent Ambassador Program with the help of CDBG funding. This program aims to connect with hard-to-reach communities and promote the benefits of early childhood education.

Serenity Recovery Connection also received a grant from CDBG funding for their Recovery Support Specialist program, which supports individuals on their path to recovery. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Colorado Springs also utilized CDBG funds to make their headquarters more accessible.

One shining example of how CDBG funding has made an impact is through Launchpad - Colorado Springs' first permanent supportive housing (PSH) program for young adults experiencing homelessness. Several households in Colorado Springs have also received down payment assistance through the Rocky Mountain Community Land Trust, helping them achieve homeownership.

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In addition to these projects, CDBG funding has also supported Brothers Redevelopment's Home Repair & Paint-a-Thon programs, which provide vital home repairs and fresh coats of paint to low-income residents, primarily seniors. The funding has also been used for safety and structural renovations at Greccio's Kittyhawk apartments.

The City's Housing and Community Vitality Department is committed to collaborating with community partners to create a more vibrant and inclusive city for all. As the 50th anniversary of CDBG approaches, the department looks forward to sharing even more impactful projects in the future. Through this federal program and the hard work of local organizations, Colorado Springs continues to build a strong support network for its residents in need.

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