Colorado Springs to Vote on New $2.7M Cleaning Program

People transitioning out of homelessness could be employed to tackle the city’s growing trash problem.

August 8, 2022

According to CPR News, the Colorado Springs City Council will be voting on August 9 to approve a US$2.7 million program that plans to address the city’s growing trash problem by employing people transitioning out of homelessness.

While the article reports that most of the money would go toward the purchasing of street cleaning equipment, the proposal would also fund about 10 employees to help meet the city’s cleaning goals. 

Travis Easton, the city’s public works director who proposed the funding, told CPR News that he hopes to expand a pothole repair program as well, which operates in conjunction with Springs Rescue Mission to provide work for those moving out of homelessness.

An official with the mission—an organization that provides critically needed food, shelter, clothing, and services to those experiencing homelessness—said the nonprofit is hopeful about working more with the city, although details on the street cleaning project are not yet final.

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