The characteristics and existing conditions in Southeast Colorado Springs ultimately made it a good candidate to participate in The Colorado Health Foundation’s Healthy Places Initiative: This community-informed initiative supports the development of healthy communities by addressing need-based disparities within the built environment.
Southeast Colorado Springs was one of four Colorado communities selected from a competitive process to receive $20,000 to participate in an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Technical Advisory Services Panel (TAP). In the spring of 2018, the ULI TAP provided an initial set of recommendations based on stakeholder input, past plans, and an immersive week-long site visit. Following ULI’s recommendations, a coalition of partners led by El Paso County Public Health applied for, and received, a $1.1 million grant from The Colorado Health Foundation to implement Healthy Places recommendations over three years. A portion of the grant was allocated from El Paso Public Health County to their Southeast partner, the Solid Rock Community Development Corporation, to: