Press Release 4/15/2019 – Homeless Coalition Forming Now

In response to the growing homeless population in our community, the City of Alamosa is in the process of forming a Homeless Coalition City Advisory Board.

City Manager Heather Brooks said “After approximately one year of deliberate outreach that included general public meetings, neighborhood meetings, and meetings with La Puente, the City of Alamosa has decided that it is important to create a larger, official community group to discuss the many aspects of homelessness. Discussions could include causes, effects, solutions, gaps, impacts, policies, etc. This is not a Coalition that will push for organizations to provide resources and this is not a group that will be focused on La Puente. This is a community group for a community issue of which, La Puente is one of many stakeholders.”

To be considered for service on the Homeless Coalition, please fill out an application available now at www.cityofalamosa.org. Applications are due to the City Clerk by Friday, May 10. Visit the link here: https://cityofalamosa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Homeless-Application-2019.pdf

Council shall appoint 15 members to the Committee, consisting of the following:

  • County Commissioner – selected by County Commissioners
  • City Council Member – selected by City Councilors
  • Alamosa Police Chief or appointee – Alamosa County Sheriff or appointee
  • Health System Representative – applicant appointed by Council. Initial term 2 years.
  • Mental Health Representative – applicant appointed by Council.
  • Professional Substance Use Representative – applicant appointed by Council. Initial term 2 years.
  • La Puente Representative – selected by La Puente Board.
  • Community Representative – applicant appointed by Council
  • At-Large Representative – applicant appointed by Council. Initial term 2 years.
  • Faith Community Representative – applicant appointed by Council.
  • Business Community Representative – applicant appointed by Council. Initial term 2 years.
  • Alamosa Director of Human Services or appointee
  • Homeless/Near-homeless Representative – applicant appointed by Council. Initial term 2 years.
  • Youth Representative – applicant appointed by Council.
  • Veteran Representative – applicant appointed by Council.

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The City of Alamosa is a multi-cultural community of 9,000+ centrally located in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado. The City was incorporated in 1878 and is the gateway to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve where more than 300,000 visitors enjoy Colorado’s natural beauty each year. For more information visit us at www.cityofalamosa.org.

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