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• Colorado Springs makes affordable housing progress and is named a ‘House America’ city

The City of Colorado Springs has made progress in affordable housing and has been named a “House America” city. House America is a national partnership in which HUD and USICH invite mayors, county leaders, Tribal nation leaders, and governors to use the historic investments provided through the American Rescue Plan to address the crisis of homelessness through a Housing First approach by immediately re-housing and building additional housing for people experiencing homelessness. Through the American Rescue Plan, the City of Colorado Springs and the Colorado Springs Housing Authority will distribute 101 emergency housing vouchers and $5.7M in HOME Investment Partnerships grants to help more residents obtain the safety of a stable home. - KXRM

• Colorado Springs proposes ordinance to combat human trafficking

Colorado Springs City Council members are considering an ordinance to crack down on illicit spas and massage parlors within the city. If it is passed, it will be unlawful for a massage parlor to operate within the city of Colorado Springs without a valid massage business license for each premise starting Sep. 1, 2022. The Colorado State Attorney’s Office says across the state, they have seen a growing list of examples of human trafficking operations being run through spa and massage parlors across the state. In September 2021, a woman was arrested in Colorado Springs after police said she operated a tantric massage business in the city as a front for prostitution. - KXRM

Local Organizations

Chinook Center - The Chinook Center is a progressive, mission driven community space that empowers and connects people and grassroots organizations working for social, economic and environmental justice in the Pikes Peak region.

Inside Out Youth Services - IOYS builds access, equity, and power with LGBTQ+ young people, through leadership, advocacy, community-building, education, and peer support.

Care and Share Food Bank - At Care and Share Food Bank, our core purpose is to bridge the gap between hunger and abundance. Our mission is to provide food, partnering opportunities, and education to fight hunger and food insecurity in Southern Colorado communities.

Council of Neighbors and Organizations - Empowering neighbors and neighborhoods to take action in their communities through education and connection.

Never A Victim - Our mission is to empower all women and young girls to NEVER be a victim through teaching awareness, avoidance, and simple no-nonsense self-defense techniques to fit all women regardless of age, background and fitness level.

Gill Foundation - Tim Gill was inspired to start the Gill Foundation by a 1992 anti-gay ballot measure in Colorado. Today, the foundation is one of the nation’s largest funders of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality, having invested more than $390 million in programs and nonprofits across the country working to advance equal rights for LGBTQ+ people.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Pikes Peak Region - CASA of the Pikes Peak Region is a nonprofit organization that trains and supervises volunteers to represent the best interests of victims of child abuse, neglect, and severe domestic conflict. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court and in the community. The desired result is that children be placed in safe, loving homes where they can thrive.

Leadership Pikes Peak - Our mission is to build a thriving community through leadership and service/ We provide community leadership programs for experienced professionalsyoung professionalswomen, and teens. The programs range from four to ten months and are geared toward providing skills, knowledge, and connections so that their participants can serve in the community effectively. These programs have more than 2,400 graduates who, as community trustees, work to make the Pikes Peak region a wonderful place to live, work, and play.

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