Bridge Emergency Shelter

Austin Cope

The Cortez City Council expressed interest Tuesday night in contributing about $20,000 to the Bridge Emergency Shelter in the form of waiving fees.

Austin Cope / KSJD

A capital campaign to fund the construction of a new homeless shelter in Cortez is off to a promising start. The Bridge Emergency Shelter, which is being forced to leave its longtime home in the old Justice Building, had announced a challenge grant to raise $20,000 in matching funds by July 1st. In three weeks, more than 50 different individuals and businesses contributed over $60,000. Now, two other donors have pledged $10,000 each for another challenge that will continue through July 31st, or until $80,000 is reached.

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The Bridge Emergency Shelter in Cortez is on a journey to find a new home.

Austin Cope / KSJD

Directors of the Bridge Emergency Shelter in Cortez will be seeking a state grant and additional funding sources to build a new shelter.

Austin Cope / KSJD

The Cortez Justice Building is up for sale as Montezuma County prepares to move to the new Montezuma County Courthouse later this year. KSJD's Austin Cope and Gail Binkly talk about what could come next for the building--and for the Bridge Emergency Shelter.