where young people leave homelessness behind.
If you are looking for Urban Peak Colorado Springs, we are now The Place. We continue to ignite the potential in youth to exit homelessness and create self-determined, fulfilled lives.
This is number of unique individuals our Outreach Team met on the streets of Colorado Springs, out of 4,272 contacts, last year.
Every young person deserves a place to belong.
Our Vision is that all Colorado youth have safe housing, supportive relationships, and the opportunity for self-sufficiency and success.
How we can help
The real life challenges of youth experiencing homelessness can be overcome. That’s where The Place comes in – we offer three vital programs to support young people on their journey to step off the streets and step toward a brighter future.
The outreach team builds relationships with 15 to 24 year olds by immediately providing key items – from clean socks to HIV testing to water. These items make a big difference in the life of a young person experiencing homelessness.
Our shelter is a warm, safe option to a night on the streets. Open every day of the year, our 20-bed facility is the only licensed youth shelter in Colorado Springs. There we provide meals, clothing, and a health clinic link for youth ages 15 to 20.
The housing program helps youth live safely on their way to build their long-term self-sufficiency.
We're here 24/7
If you are 15 to 20 years old and in need of immediate overnight shelter services, please give us a call. Otherwise, fill out the form below and we’ll reach out in 24 hours.
All PPLD libraries are Safe Place locations. That means if you’re between the ages of 15- 20, you can go to a library and ask for a Safe Place. They will let our team know you’re there and we’ll arrive shortly to bring you to the shelter and provide support.
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I’m 20 years old and was raised in a small town in southwestern Virginia. I’ve suffered from addiction since I was 15 and have had little progress in recovery until I started getting help from The Place.
I had a relatively good childhood with my grandparents. My mom gave me to them when I was 12 before she went to prison. All of my family are addicts, with the exception of my sister. I started smoking weed and using Percocet when I was 15. When I was 16, I experimented with meth for the first time with my step-dad. Soon after I turned 17, my life changed forever when my grandfather overdosed. Because of this, my stepdad became my role-model and my best friend. He introduced me to the needle.
I ended up overdosing in front of my sister. She was the only one who really noticed. And, in my eyes, she saved my life.
Since I turned 18 I have been to rehab 7 times and incarcerated 6 times. I was recently extradited from Virginia back to Colorado on a probation violation. I was released after 3 months and soon after, I was introduced to The Place.
I had absolutely nothing but the clothes I was wearing when I came to The Place in September 2019. Since I came here I’ve made amazing friends with some of the other residents and the staff have honestly changed my life. I was provided with everything I need and more. Soon, I will have medical insurance and a state ID. I have already started working my first stable job, and have been close to 4 months of being clean (which is the most I’ve ever been sober). The staff at The Place is also helping me get my first apartment!
The Place has changed my life in a way I didn’t think was possible, and I have no idea where I would be without it today.