The Pikes Peak Continuum of Care exists to end homelessness in the Pikes Peak Region, represented by a network of stakeholder groups, including the City of Colorado Springs Community Development Division, as a member of the Pikes Peak CoC Strategic Planning Committee. A Strategic Plan created in the Spring of 2016, details regional coordination and solutions targeted towards individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
What the Continuum of Care Does
- Create conditions to ensure housing projects are built and essential services are offered to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
- Find and invest in local solutions. The Pikes Peak Continuum of Care believes that what works best locally, is best done locally while striving to satisfy the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)'s definition of the Continuum of Care.
- Give voice to homeless issues in the region, rallying and engaging stakeholders, inclusive of people who are or have been homeless, to help move us toward our common vision.
- Coordinate planning in support of the community's common vision.
- Convene a robust forum of government entities, community -based organizations and citizens to address key needs.
- Ensure quality and accountability.
As a network of stakeholder groups, the Pikes Peak Continuum of Care is committed to identifying and meeting community needs to end homelessness. By ending homelessness, we mean doing things differently, rather than simply managing the problem. Ending homelessness means eliminating a broad social problem that traps people in an ongoing state of homelessness. Ending homelessness in the Pikes Peak region means that our community has what it needs to help people in crisis get the emergency shelter or temporary housing they need and that we have sufficient supportive and affordable housing for citizens in the region.
The Coalition of Homelessness Advocates and Providers (CHAP 2.0) is the membership body of the Pikes Peak Continuum of Care and works with the PPCoC to effect sustainable and lasting solutions for the community.
CAP 2.0 is a public group open to anyone in the community who would like to help people experiencing homelessness. They meet once a month.
Agencies Represented on the Board
- Apartment Association of Southern Colorado
- Ascending to Health/Peak Vista
- Catholic Charities
- The City of Colorado Springs*
- City of Colorado Springs Community Development Division*
- Coalition for Compassion and Action
- Community Health Partnership
- Community Volunteer Angela Hackett-Larson
- El Paso County Housing Authority*
- El Paso County Dept. of Human Services*
- First Congregational Church
- Homeward Pikes Peak
- The Independence Center
- Pikes Peak Library District
- Third Sector Group
- Urban Peak Colorado Springs
*The representative of this agency is a non-voting member.