Bridge Emergency Shelter

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.

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.


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