Urban Peak ignites the potential in youth to exit homelessness and create self-determined fulfilled lives.
All Colorado youth have safe housing, supportive relationships, and the opportunity for self-sufficiency and success.
In May of 1999, a coalition of service providers from Colorado Springs came together to address the growing homeless youth population in Colorado Springs and surrounding area. They approached Urban Peak, a Denver shelter and drop-in center for homeless youth, and asked the agency to implement a program in Colorado Springs. With support from eight agencies that serve homeless people, Urban Peak completed a feasibility study, conducted a street count to identify homeless youth, and met with numerous providers, the Police, and the Department of Human Services to evaluate the need for services. In 1999, Urban Peak Colorado Springs was incorporated and began to develop a plan to serve the Pikes Peak region.
UPCS remains the only agency in Colorado Springs exclusively providing services to homeless and runaway youth aged 15-20. In December 2000, UPCS began providing case management, street outreach, food, and health services to homeless and runaway youth in Colorado Springs. The program has since expanded to offer a continuum of services including; a 20-bed shelter, intensive individualized case management, job skills training and placement, life skills training, supportive transitional housing options, mental health care, and medical care.