As part of the base closure process and the Base Closure Community Redevelopment and Homeless Assistance Act of 1994, the local redevelopment authority, PuebloPlex, is required to reach out to any agency that serves the homeless in the region to see if they have a documented need for facilities on PuebloPlex (Pueblo Chemical Depot). The Act charges PuebloPlex with balancing homeless needs with community needs for economic and other development. The Act also requires preparation of a redevelopment plan indicating the support (buildings, property or funding) being made available to requesting homeless service provider. Agencies that determine they have a documented need for use of the PCD facilities need to submit their request to PuebloPlex. Two local Pueblo agencies responded to this request, the Rescue Mission and the Cooperative Care agencies. Both agencies are simply looking for the use of either an igloo or existing warehouse to operate a job training facility. PuebloPlex has requested that they submit their business plan’s to them by September 1, 2015 in order for their request to be formally reviewed. In addition to the two agencies that serve the homeless, there was one Public Benefit request made by the joint Colorado State Patrol, Pueblo County Sheriff, and City of Pueblo Police agencies for storage facilities and the current track facility for defensive training purposes.
In addition to developing a Redevelopment Plan, this project also includes the development of a Homeless Assistance Submission.