Colorado Coalition for the Homeless asks judge to halt sale of federal land in Lakewood, hoping to turn it into housing community

Courtesy of Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is not giving up in its efforts to turn 59 acres of federal property in Lakewood into a housing community for the homeless.

On Thursday, the organization filed a motion in federal court for a restraining order and preliminary injunction to stop the sale of the property at 6th Avenue and Simms Street via public auction. The motions follow a lawsuit, filed earlier this week, that demands the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services re-evaluate the coalition’s financing plan for its 500-unit homeless housing project.

Last summer, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless filed a lawsuit to block the sale of the parcel to the highest bidder and a judge ruled that the McKinney-Vento Act compelled the federal government to offer any surplus property first to organizations that work to house the homeless.

The coalition’s plan, which would initially involve trailers and modular housing at the site, has raised protests from Lakewood city leaders, businesses and residents.

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