Did you know Colorado Springs is awash in jobs — AND affordable housing?
We’re not saying that’s true, because, in fact, it isn’t. But enough people from other parts of the state, and even the U.S., have been hearing it. During the interviews I did today for a story on a lack of housing options for a growing number of homeless and near-homeless families, several people said they’ve encountered people who traveled to the Springs because they heard we were the land of milk and honey.
“I”m hearing people say, ‘I hear you can get my housing,’” said Bob Holmes, executive director of Homeward Pikes Peak. “I say, ‘Where are you from?’
‘I’m from Iowa. I’m from South Dakota.’” We’re drawing people here because there’s kind of false gossip going around that this is the place to get free housing.”
Paula Stock, director of transitional housing for the Salvation Army in Colorado Springs, said she had a family from Texas show up Friday morning looking for housing.
“They got in the car and drove up here, thinking it’s going to be better here,” she said. “We don’t know why they’re hearing it. I have 13 residents over here right now struggling to get a job. I have people with degrees struggling to get a job.”