Category: Events

Find Out What Affordable Housing Options are Available in Colorado Springs

Increasing rent in Colorado Springs has left renters wondering how to make ends meet. This webinar provides information and insight into several affordable housing options that are available in the region. Among these options the webinar will discuss: The Colorado Springs Housing Authority, section 8, affordable rentals with Greccio Housing, transitional housing with The Salvation Army, and affordable housing through Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity. There are numerous organizations and volunteers that support the community in finding solutions towards affordable housing for everyone. The city of Colorado Springs is also committed to, “promote community-wide collaboration and champion and invest in strategies that prevent and end homelessness.” Take action and be a part of the solution. Share/like the Campaign for Pikes Peak Community Facebook page.

Webinar to Discuss Housing Programs in the Pikes Peak Region

Colorado Springs has the fastest rising rent in the nation according to Rich Laden, News Business Reporter for The Gazette in Colorado Springs (2016). The total number of renter households in El Paso County, Colorado as of 2010 is 66,932 residents or 39.9 percent of the Pikes Peak region (Affordable Housing Online, n.d.). As a resident who rents in Colorado Springs, I know the struggle. I also volunteer with Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity, which offers affordable homeownership to low-income families. I have seen families lives changed because of programs that offer a hand up to individuals who are in need of a safe and stable environment. This webinar will discuss what programs are available to qualifying residents struggling to make their rent. I will discuss the Colorado Springs Housing Authority and Section 8. I will also go over The Salvation Army’s transitional housing, affordable homeownership with Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity, and affordable rentals with Greccio Housing. Attendees will also learn about volunteer opportunities in the community that assist local families with affordable housing. After attending the Webinar participants will know what type of housing program that they qualify for. Participants will also have a greater understanding about the programs that are available and who they can contact for assistance. If you are struggling with rent, or you know somebody in the Pikes Peak region who is struggling, please join me on Sunday July 24th from 7 – 7:30 p.m. to discuss housing opportunities that offer a hand up. Sign up by clicking the link below and sending me a message stating that you would like to attend the webinar. I will send you a message confirming your attendance and provide you with a link to the webinar. I look forward to collaborating with you. Campaign for Pikes Peak Community Facebook Page    

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Home Builders Blitz Ground Blessing Service

Family and friends of the Garnes family along with Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity and Aspen View Homes gather together for a ground blessing service. The service recognizes the sponsor, Aspen View Homes, along with vendors and subcontractors, all the community support and volunteers and the Garnes family. This week is Home Builders Blitz, an annual event in which Habitat for Humanity and affiliates partner with professional builders in the community to build and renovate homes across the U.S. The Garnes family home will be built during this week thanks to the support of Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity and Aspen View Homes.

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Wraps-Up National Women Build Week

Volunteers from the Junior League of Colorado Springs dig a drainage ditch around a Habitat home foundation during Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity National Women Build Week May 7, 2016, Fountain, Colorado.
Volunteers from the Junior League of Colorado Springs dig a drainage ditch with shovels and pickaxes with Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity May 7, 2016, wrapping up National Women Build Week. National Women build Week is an annual weeklong event that invites women to dedicate at least one day to build strength and independence through home building. “With no experience in construction at all, I felt completely comfortable. They walk you through everything step by step,” said Stephanie Curnow, Junior League of Colorado Springs member and National Women Build Week volunteer. “Overall it was really great.” Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity had 126 individuals who signed up to volunteer for National Women Build Week. Eighty of the volunteers were women. Volunteer shifts are a total of three and a half hours and include a morning shift from 8:30am to 12:00pm or an afternoon shift from 1:00pm to 4:30pm. “We had a lot of things going on this week including trim-work, painting, windows, foundation-work and front yard work,” said Joe Allman, Construction Supervisor. “We were also able to complete both siding and insulation projects.”
Volunteers from the Junior League of Colorado Springs lift a wheel barrow of dirt during Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity National Women Build Week on May 7, 2016, Fountain, Colorado.
Volunteers from the Junior League of Colorado Springs lift a wheel barrow of dirt during Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity National Women Build Week on May 7, 2016, Fountain, Colorado.
This week volunteers worked on several Habitat homes, to include the Gallegos family home. The Gallegos home is expected to be complete this August. The Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity National Women Build Week program began in 2008 and has completed three homes in the region. “Volunteering with habitat is an extremely fulfilling experience,” said Nailah Ellis Timberlake, Junior League of Colorado Springs member and National Women Build Week volunteer. “The work that Habitat does is important and if you have the time I think you should come out and support.”

National Women Build Day with Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity National Women Build Week kicked off on April 30, 2016. National Women Build Week will continue through to Saturday May 7, 2016. Please show your support for your community by sharing this video on Facebook and Twitter! Also, please check out Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity's website and find a time when you can get involved, Pikes Peak Habitat has a Women Build day monthly! Sign up at: http://www.pikespeakhabitat.org/volunteer/