Officer James Allen of the Colorado Springs Police Department issues a warning to a transient in Acacia Park for smoking tobacco. Allen, part of the force’s DART team, patrols the downtown district and nearby parks.
Officer James Allen of the Colorado Springs Police Department issues a warning to a transient in Acacia Park for smoking tobacco. Allen, part of the force’s DART team, patrols the downtown district and nearby parks.

As City Council moves forward with plans to ban sitting and lying down in certain parts of downtown Colorado Springs and Old Colorado City, groups are planning a daylong comprehensive summit to address homelessness.

Lloyd Pendleton, former director of Utah’s Homeless Task force, will address the importance of engaging the entire community in identifying priorities and creating solutions to address those priorities during the event, slated for Monday, Oct. 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church at 219 E. Bijou St.

Pendleton will discuss how Utah reduced chronic homelessness by 91 percent from 2004 to 2015 through creation of permanent supportive housing following a model known as Housing First. The summit will also address national and local policy strategies about affordable housing, collaboration between human service agencies, building empathy toward people experiencing homelessness, the impact of homelessness on economic vitality and the success of Housing First approaches across the country.

People will participate in a process to develop a five-year plan to address homelessness in El Paso County. The summit is coordinated by the Colorado Springs/El Paso County Continuum of Care, a consortium of more than 90 nonprofit agencies, business leaders and government representatives whose aim is to develop a durable system of care for the homeless population.

It costs $65 for individuals or $50 for groups of three or more. Go here to register.