Unlike elsewhere in the state, El Paso County officials have no plans to start housing unaccompanied minors from the Mexican border, a county spokeswoman said Friday.
A shelter for those children is being considered by Denver Human Services, which might repurpose a 54-bed residential treatment facility for that purpose, KUSA-TV/9News recently reported. The Associated Press reported on Friday that the department might seek a three-year federal grant, though no application has been submitted.
Similar plans do not appear to be in the works for the El Paso County Department of Human Services. The county agency will only file a similar grant request if asked to do so by the Colorado Department of Human Services, said Kristina Iodice, a county spokeswoman.
So far, no such request has been made, she said.
“That’s a state-level decision,” Iodice said.