Rocky Mountain PBS conducted an in-depth study of homelessness in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the results revealed that the city has been more successful than other areas of the state in reducing the number of homeless people living on the streets. This is due to a collaborative effort between the city, service organizations, and the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD). The second most important item of the city's homeless budget is cleaning activities, which are mainly carried out by the Colorado Springs Quality of Life Team. This team is responsible for removing objects from a camp after the police have arrested or fined the homeless people living in the camp.
The HOT division of the CSPD also organizes outreach activities and cleans homeless encampments every day. HUD funding helps two local service providers who conduct outreach on the streets: The Place and the Colorado Springs Fire Department. The Fire Department's Homeless Assistance Program is resource-based and does not enforce the law. It works to prevent and respond to homelessness through a wide range of evidence-based interventions designed to respond to the needs of homeless people and prevent them from becoming completely homeless.
The Colorado Springs Police Department's homeless support team responds to requests for services related to homeless people and provides resource referrals for the homeless. They also issue warning notes asking homeless people to move their belongings or risk receiving a fine. Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers believes that this study confirms what he has stood for for years. He believes that it is due to a collaborative effort by the city, service organizations, and the CSPD that has helped reduce homelessness in Colorado Springs.
Dominic Fields, a resident of the Springs Rescue Mission that is part of the Passport to Hope program, prepares to-go sandwiches for those traveling through the Colorado Springs airport. This program helps those in need by providing them with resources and support. It should be noted that Colorado Springs is not experiencing a significant increase in its homeless population, unlike other areas of the state, particularly when compared to major cities in the Denver metropolitan area. Walking around downtown Denver shows visible differences in the homeless population, as many more homeless people can be seen hanging out on the streets and living in makeshift camps than in Colorado Springs. Overall, it appears that Colorado Springs has been more effective than other areas of Colorado in reducing homelessness due to its collaborative efforts between city departments, service organizations, and law enforcement. The city has implemented various strategies such as cleaning activities, outreach programs, resource-based assistance programs, and warning notes which have all contributed to reducing homelessness in Colorado Springs.