Bridge Emergency Shelter

Austin Cope

Representatives of the Bridge homeless shelter in Cortez pleaded Monday for specific information about the pending sale of the shelter’s current home.

Austin Cope

The Bridge Emergency Shelter in Cortez has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs toward the construction of a new facility. Bridge Executive Director Laurie Knutson tells KSJD that DOLA is also providing $725,000 in a low-interest loan. The funds are contingent on a local match for the remaining costs for the new shelter, estimated at $2.3 million. Some has already been raised, and Knutson is seeking grants for the remainder.

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.

Austin Cope / KSJD News

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