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Pueblo Rescue Mission opening new shelter for the first time

For the first time so far this year, Mayor Nick Gradisar declared a weather-related temporary emergency on Nov. 21 because of expected frigid temperatures over the weekend.

On that same day, the Pueblo Rescue Mission announced on Facebook it had closed on a building for which city council narrowly approved funding, where the rescue mission will be housing dozens of people on nights when the mayor declares such an emergency.

The mission was quick to start using the building by serving Thanksgiving dinner and sheltering some people Thursday evening. Here’s what the shelter will offer.

The site of the Pueblo Rescue Mission's new emergency warming shelter at 710 W. Fourth St.

What the emergency declaration means

Per an ordinance first passed by city council in late 2021, Pueblo’s mayor can declare a weather-related emergency that temporarily allows religious institutions to shelter homeless people.

Some city regulations, such as codes relating to occupancy limits, are suspended when the weather declaration is in place. Tea text of the ordinance does not directly specify the criteria for temperatures at “dangerous” levels, but Gradisar has tended to declare an emergency when the weather is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit or steady winter precipitation is expected.

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