Real estate an obstacle to helping Aspen homeless

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Aspen, Colo. (AP) - A coalition working to help the homeless in Aspen is facing a familiar problem in the resort town - real estate.

Three years after forming, members of the coalition say it's time to find a spot for a permanent, year-round shelter. With the average house selling for over $4 million, the group will first look at using a church or an existing facility.

It's been operating a temporary shelter in a Catholic church the last four winters, serving 75 people last winter.

Some also want the group to operate its own transitional housing for people trying to get back on their feet because of the lack of affordable apartments. Others think that may be taking on too much at once.

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