FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vice President of Communications & Public Policy
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General Services Administration Agrees to Hold Off on Lakewood Land Sale in Response to
the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless’ Lawsuit
Lakewood, CO, July 27, 2017 -- In response to The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless' (CCH) lawsuit filed Tuesday against the General Services Administration (GSA) and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the United State District Court for the District of Colorado requesting a temporary injunction to prevent the imminent sale of a 59-acre, surplus portion of the Federal Center property in Lakewood, the U.S. Attorney's Office filed a report with the Court stating that GSA has agreed to take no further action to accept bids on the property which would contractually bind the government to a third party for 45 days, until September 8, 2017. This gives the parties time to evaluate the available information about the property to determine its suitability for use for assistance to families and individuals experiencing homelessness in Colorado. CCH will continue to pursue its request for an Injunction and order requiring HUD to re-evaluate the suitability of the property to assist the homeless based on the full environmental record to ensure that the intent and requirements of Title V of the McKinney-Vento Act have been appropriately complied with.
"This is a great first step in stopping the sale of the property to commercial interests," said John Parvensky, President and CEO of CCH. "It continues to confound us that HUD could have determined that the Federal Center Station property, located adjacent to the RTD station and St. Anthony's Hospital, was 'unsuitable for use to assist the homeless', while GSA determined that it was more than suitable for high end residential and commercial development. We hope that this pause will give all parties the time to correct this potential injustice, and make this property available for development of supportive housing and services needed by a growing homeless population in Lakewood and throughout the Metro Denver Area".
For background on this lawsuit, please see: https://www.coloradocoalition.org/colorado-coalition-for-homeless-intends-to-file-a-motion-today-to-enjoin-federal-government-from
About Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
The mission of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is to work collaboratively toward the prevention of homelessness and the creation of lasting solutions for homeless and at-risk families, children, and individuals throughout Colorado. The Coalition advocates for and provides a continuum of housing and a variety of services to improve the health, well-being and stability of those it serves. Since its founding more than 30 years ago, the organization has earned state and national recognition for its integrated healthcare, housing and service programs. The Coalition’s comprehensive approach addresses the causes of homelessness, as well as the consequences, offering critical assistance to over 15,000 individuals and families each year. Learn more at www.coloradocoalition.org.